About 660,000 households changed supplier in February with 1 in 5 avoiding big six suppliers
Theresa May says government legislation will ‘force energy companies to change their ways’
Five million of the UK's most vulnerable households are facing an average rise of £57 a year in their energy bills, the regulator has said.
Households in Yorkshire have proved to be the savviest energy consumers in Britain during the recent spate of energy tariff hikes, while those in central London were less likely to shop around.
According to a year-long study of energy switching, Leeds North West saw the biggest energy switching boom with almost a quarter of households choosing a better deal.
The Government's controversial plan to cap energy prices will apply to around 18 million accounts that use standard variable tariffs at least until 2020 and possibly beyond, according to officials.
A 30% hike in homes moving supplier in 2016 supports Ofgem decision not to impose price caps but watchdog says market is still not competitive enough.
Lack of competitive tariffs to switch to means prepayment customers are losing out to those on direct debit tariffs, says competition watchdog
Subsidies for many new solar farms are to end under plans being published by the government.
The Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is consulting on plans that would see subsidies for some new solar farms close by 2016.
The government says the move is necessary to protect consumers.
The solar industry said subsidies were one of the cheapest ways that the government could meet its climate change targets.
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Interest in small- and medium-scale solar is growing, both for farmer-owned sites and lease projects.
With the recent focus on getting some of the much larger (5MW-plus) projects up and running before a change in the way these are supported takes effect, developers have often overlooked opportunities for 1-2MW sites, says Giles Hanglin, director at Savills Energy .
Energy bills are to come with compulsory Quick Response (QR) codes to help people switch supplier more easily, the government says.
The barcodes, which can be scanned by smartphones and tablets, will let customers upload tariff and consumption data directly from their bills.
As energy prices increase, a growing number of people are choosing to steal their gas and electricity.
For some it comes down to being cash-strapped, but others are prepared to cheat the system whilst also endangering the lives of neighbours.
The Prime Minister described the energy supplier’s 9.2 per cent gas and electricity price hike as “very disappointing”.
He said that customers who are “not happy” should try and get a “better deal” by switching energy supplier.
Nearly four in five UK tenants have never switched energy suppliers - a move that could save them £190 a year, the energy regulator has said.
Ofgem said that 77% of bill payers in rented homes had never switched gas and electricity supplier.
Around 300,000 additional households could be forced into fuel poverty within weeks, according a lobby group.
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