• Regulation and policy

    Back to the Future: long term vulnerability outcomes

    100 days have passed since the UK was placed into lockdown and, as the government looks to continue easing of restrictions, it’s worth reflecting on where we’ve been and start looking ahead to where we’re going. Thanks to papers from Citizens Advice and National Energy Action (NEA) we now have...

  • Home supply and services

    Ring of fire: Cost of energy falling

    In this week’s blog, we discuss reductions in wholesale prices from Bord Gáis' recent report, the Energy Index, released on the 14 January. The Index explores market developments and price movements in oil, gas, coal and electricity. Despite reductions in wholesale prices, which make up a substantial proportion of retail bills, energy...

  • Home supply and services

    The competition is on in the domestic energy market

    It is difficult to deny that the Big Six have faced significant competitive pressure in the domestic market over the course of the year. Despite the 11 domestic market exits recorded since January 2019, new entry, new propositions and revitalised sales channels have resulted in some of the highest switching...

  • Home supply and services

    Consumer energy customer event 2019: The energy market now in 4D

    The annual retail customer event – Setting the course for net zero, was held on 19 November. Delegates heard from seven speakers discussing how finance, transport, heat, consumers and regulation could be utilised to help GB meet its 2050 net zero target. The event began with Gareth Miller Cornwall Insight’s...

  • Home supply and services

    Editor’s Pick | All Hallow’s Eve in the retail market

    This article was originally published in Energy Spectrum Issue 689 on 4 November 2019. Whether by accident or design last week’s last payment date for the 2018-19 Renewables Obligation (RO) followed nine days after Ofgem issued its proposals and impact assessment for ongoing monitoring of energy retailers. Halloween was always going to...

  • Regulation and policy

    Editor’s Pick | From little acorns: Ofgem’s state of the market report

    This article was originally published in Energy Spectrum Issue 686 on 14 October 2019. Ofgem published its State of the Market 2019 Report on 3 October, giving us a comprehensive overview of the retail and wholesale energy markets and much more besides. Now in its third year, the report sees Ofgem diligently...

  • Low carbon generation

    The long and winding road: Ireland’s renewable energy target

    The 12 and 13 September marked the 11th Citizens Energy Forum, held in Dublin. The forum is held annually and is playing an increasingly important role in the EU energy retail market. This year the spotlight was on the role of consumers in a clean energy transition, bringing into focus...

  • Home supply and services

    Risin’ up – Suppliers increase domestic energy prices

    Over recent weeks a number of domestic electricity suppliers in Ireland have announced price increases as a result of higher wholesale energy costs. In this week’s blog, we look at these increases and examine the drivers behind them. Click here to view full article

  • Home supply and services

    Same as it ever was – I-SEM transition and the domestic retail market

    Up to ten weeks ago we would have expected to be a full week into the new I-SEM wholesale market. Most commentary on the I-SEM delay has focused on the impact on market systems and generators, but what of electricity suppliers? The transition to I-SEM offers an opportunity for tariff...

  • Home supply and services

    Price cap progresses amidst rising pass-through costs

    In the latest development for the default tariff price cap, the government announced on Monday 26 February that it will introduce the Domestic Gas and Electricity (Tariff Cap) Bill to the House of Commons. This next step ensures that the cap remains on course for implementation by winter 2018 –...