Great expectations – the complexity of delivering on the promise for business energy costs

Stories of hardship to businesses from rising energy prices have become much more prevalent in recent weeks as the critical 1 October date for new supply contracts looms.

Our recent insight paper Weathering the storm: Mitigating the impact of energy price hikes for businesses set out some of the reasons for the concern, the distributive impacts, and the market responses. In this blog, we review the actions the UK government has taken since we published our insight paper.

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Regulation and policy

One-hit wonder? Assessing the government’s business support scheme

Subsidising the unprecedented cost of energy for both households and businesses came in at the forefront of the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng’s “mini-budget” last Friday. Described as “one of the biggest interventions ever made”, Kwarteng confirmed a three-step plan. Firstly, as announced on 8 September, the introduction of...

Energy storage and flexibility

Electricity network reform: where are we now?

In its Energy Security Strategy (ESS), the UK government set out ambitions for 95% of electricity to be sourced from low carbon generation by 2030 and for the UK to have a fully decarbonised electricity system by 2035. In order to accommodate this ambition, the electricity network will need to...

Business supply and services

The Energy Price Guarantee, a Path Through Stormy Seas?

Upon taking office on 6 September 2022, the first piece of major policy introduced by the new Prime Minister, Liz Truss, is the Energy Price Guarantee (EPG), announced on 8 September 2022. The EPG is a series of support measures targeted at protecting domestic and business consumers from soaring energy...

Home supply and services

What is the price cap?

We release our price cap forecasts in the hope that we can encourage policy change.  We have created this infographic to help people understand the price cap and how we make our predictions. We would also like to clarify that we cannot influence Ofgem to change the amount of the price cap.  You...

Business supply and services

The energy crisis affects businesses as well as households

Yesterday morning we issued our updated forecasts for the Default Tariff Cap through to the end of 2023. They make for grim reading: from 1 October 2022 the Cap will average £3,500/year equivalent or so for at least a year, unless there is a collapse in the wholesale energy markets....

Business supply and services

Ofgem reaches conclusion for the Microbusiness Strategic Review

The Microbusiness Strategic Review came to a close on 28 March 2022, with four finalised proposals from Ofgem that aim to protect microbusiness consumers and create a more robust framework through which the market can operate. Following the unprecedented rise in wholesale prices and recent geopolitical events, these changes are...

Low carbon generation

Are renewables the answer to Ireland’s energy crisis?

The current crisis in the energy markets may seem like it’s all doom and gloom, every week another electricity or gas supplier announces a price hike with the consumer powerless, at the whim of the global commodity prices. However, offshore wind presents a unique opportunity for Ireland, to both decarbonise...

Commercial and market outlook

Russian gas dependency and impacts on net zero

Tensions along the Russia-Ukraine border have been escalating since November last year when satellite imagery showed a fresh build-up of Russian troops on the Ukrainian border. Fast forward to the 24 February 2022, Ukraine and Russia are now at war following a Russian invasion. In response to these actions from...