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£1m fine for misreporting

British Gas has received a fine for £1 million from energy regulator Ofgem, after it filed incorrect figures for the amount of electricity supplied to corporate customers.

Ofgem stated that British Gas Business had underestimated the amount of electricity sold by the company by 0.6 per cent a year over a seven years up to 2009, the BBC reported.

British Gas told the BBC that it had brought the error to Ofgem’s attention.

The misreporting relates to the government’s Renewables Obligation programme, which requires energy suppliers to provide evidence of the amount of electricity supplied from renewable sources.

The error affected its target under the government’s programme for supplying electricity from renewable sources.

Data supplied from the scheme, designed to promote renewable energy usage, is used to calculate financial incentives for the energy industry.

The regulator said British Gas’s error was caused by “incorrect interpretation of the reporting requirements, and insufficient procedures by the company”.