British Gas, the nation's largest energy supplier, sets out its position and support 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.”