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More checks needed for off-network energy market

The Government has been urged to look at whether energy regulator Ofgem and the National Consumer Council should be charged with overseeing the market for fuels used by off-network households.

Recommendations contained in a report by the House of Commons Business and Enterprise Committee said more needed tobe done to keep a check on the market.

The report ‘Energy Prices, Fuel Poverty and Ofgem’ said: ““We are concerned that there is not sufficient regulatory oversight of the market for domestic fuel for households which are not connected to the gas network.

“The Government should consider whether both the statutory duties of Ofgem and the successor to Energywatch, the National Consumer Council, should explicitly cover the market for fuels used by off-network households.”

The report said more should be done to help off network consumers: “Many consumers whose homes are not connected to the gas network have the frustration of knowing gas pipelines are close by, but cannot be accessed.

“They are condemned to using more expensive means of heating their homes.

“Ofgem should consider whether the current incentives are strong enough to encourage network operators to connect more households to the gas network.

“It should also consider the appropriateness of the charges involved, especially where communities could club together to pay for such connections.

“The Government could also consider targeting part of any increase in budgets to address fuel poverty towards schemes to provide direct financial assistance to secure connections to the network, or to assist the development of local combined heat and power or renewable heat schemes for such communities.”

MPs concerned over energy prices