Filter your content
29 March 2012
British Gas, the nation’s largest energy supplier, has today set out its position on collective buying and switching.
British Gas supports the principles of collective buying and switching, and believes there should be a constructive discussion about the issues with Government, Consumer Focus, Which? and other organisations.
British Gas supports the call from Ed Davey, Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, to embrace new ways of buying energy. However, British Gas is concerned that current proposals from Which? fall short of being simple, transparent and fair for all customers; which may result in below cost pricing for new customers which would be unfair; some customers would be excluded from taking part; more tariffs would increase complexity in the market; and important customer service standards and other energy efficiency support would not play a part in purchasing decisions.
British Gas is also calling on Which? to be fully transparent about the fees it could earn from this service.
Ian Peters, managing director of energy at British Gas, said:
“We support the principles of collective buying and switching for energy customers in Britain, but any new buying mechanism must be simple, transparent and fair for all customers. It should also provide an opportunity to engage not just those who already switch regularly, but a wider group of consumers to help them get the best value for the money they spend on energy.
“We believe there should be more debate about the potential for collective buying and switching – with the aim of finding solutions that are genuinely in the long-term interest of customers.”
Notes to Editors:
British Gas believes it is important that the debate about collective buying and switching includes consideration of the following issues:
Media contact: British Gas press office 0800 10 77 015
We are innovating to help our customers to understand and control their energy use, helping them to save money and cut carbon emissions.
Centrica is deeply conscious of the cost-of-living challenge facing many of our customers, and we are fully committed to tackling climate change. This is why we have been working to explore pathways for future UK energy policy to 2030 and beyond that are both sustainable and affordable.
13 February 2015
19 January 2015
04 December 2014
20 November 2014
26 March 2015
20 January 2012
21 September 2011
19 February 2015
Sam Laidlaw, chief executive of Centrica writes in The Sunday Telegraph
23 December 2014
The Sunday Telegraph - James Quinn
15 December 2014