Citizens Advice: Households should get a £285 energy rebate
This week, Citizens Advice blasted a number of energy networks for taking in £7.5 billion in “unjustified profits”, and energy regulator Ofgem for not doing enough to stop energy companies from taking in profits “not justified by their performance”. They said that the money should be returned to bill payers as a rebate – to the tune of £285 per household.
“Decisions made by Ofgem have allowed gas and electricity network companies to make sky-high profits that we’ve found are not justified by their performance,” said Gillian Guy, CEO of Citizens Advice.
“Through their energy bills, it is consumers who have to pay the £7.5bn price for the regulator’s errors of judgement. We think it is right that energy network companies return this money to consumers through a rebate.”
However, Ofgem rebuked the criticism that they had let down consumers, saying that they cut the cost of transmission, which accounts for nearly a 1/4 of the average household energy bill.
Ofgem CEO Dermot Nolan also said, “While we don’t agree with its modelling and the figures it has produced, the Citizens Advice report raises some important issues about network regulation which will be addressed in the next control.” He also added that the next control would be “tougher” for energy networks.
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