Commenting following EDF’s price announcement on 15 September 2011, Energy and Climate Change Secretary The Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP said:
“I am determined to make sure that we get the best deal for British energy consumers. That means making it easier for people to shop around and switch supplier to get the best deals, boosting competition to help keep prices down, and insisting energy companies insulate millions of homes by next year.
“I want to see greater protection for consumers and I want to put small companies on an equal footing with the bigger players in the energy sector. The coalition government is bringing about greater openness in energy markets and will strengthen competition - that’s good news for both business and consumers.”
On 12 July 2011 The Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP published a White Paper on Electricity Market Reform, which was a critical moment in keeping the lights on, consumer bills down and shifting the UK economy away from a high-risk, high-carbon future
DECC Ministers have also taken a number of other recent steps aimed at ensuring consumers get a better deal:
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