The Affordable Energy Campaign The Affordable Energy CampaignWhich? launched the Affordable Energy Campaign in 2011. Tackling the energy market is more important than ever as people struggle with energy price rises. Which? is calling for radical new measures to increase competition in the broken energy market.
What Which? is calling for
Simple energy tariffs: we want a single unit price - so energy prices can be easily compared at a glance allowing people to find the cheapest deal.
Easier switching: we want to see improvements to the switching process, including cutting the time it takes to switch suppliers, to make it quicker and easier for consumers to move to a better deal.
The cold sets in for consumers
During the autumn of 2012 energy has continued to be high on our agenda as:
• British Gas, EDF, Npower, SSE and Scottish Power have all hiked the cost of energy for customers. Which? has called on the government to hold an urgent review into whether these electricity and gas price rises are justified.
• The energy regulator Ofgem promised to make the energy market simpler, clearer and fairer in its proposals following its Retail Market Review. Which? welcomed the regulator's proposals and is pressing Ofgem to go even further.
• Prime Minister David Cameron promised the government would legislate so that energy companies are forced to give customers their lowest tariff.
• Which? asked the Prime Minster to keep his promise and 13,000 of you agreed in our Facebook poll.
• Energy secretary Ed Davey outlined the government's plans to limit the number of energy tariffs that suppliers can offer to their customers.
In February 2013 the government tabled new tariff clauses to the Energy Bill, but they do not go far enough. We want the Bill to be amended so that tariffs are simplified with a single unit price to make the best energy deals easier to spot.
Switching for the best energy deal
In spring 2012 we organised a collective energy switching deal in partnership with 38 Degrees. 38,000 people switched to our market leading-deal, saving an average of £223.
Imbalance of Power report
In December 2012, we published the Imbalance of Power report, which analysed the retail energy market and made recommendations to make it more competitive. These included the introduction of a single unit price so that energy tariffs can be easily compared and changes to make it easier and quicker for consumers to switch to better energy deals.
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