General election results set to affect Ofgem regulation
Ofgem regulation plans are beginning to emerge ahead of the general election on Thursday 8th June. Regardless of which party claims victory, one thing is for sure, the energy sector is set to experience some big changes.
Dermot Nolan is the head of energy regulator Ofgem. He will be the man with the mammoth task of adapting the market to the new rules that will come alongside a new government.
Based on the outcome of the general election, we can expect one of the following to be implemented:
Conservative victory effects on Ofgem regulation
- A cap will be set on how high standard rate energy tariffs can go
Labour victory effects on Ofgem regulation
- Limit the amount that can be charged to those on standard rate energy tariffs
- Measures taken to provide cheaper fixed deals
It will be interesting to see how Mr Nolan reacts to the outcome as there will be more pressure than ever before to produce a positive result, lest he be simultaneously scrutinised by both the public and politicians.
What impact has Ofgem regulation had on the UK energy sector?
Nolan has already made considerable headway in getting started in changing Ofgem regulations so that consumers are less likely to get a bad deal. His biggest action so far was when he reported the energy market to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). This resulted in a massive investigation into profiteering and measures being put in place to drive competition by getting people to switch energy providers.
Furthermore, the head of Ofgem regulation will be tackling how the national grid will cope with the transition to energy generation from greener resources. He will also have to consider a plan for backup power that will not break the bank, as diesel generators would be likely to fully exploit any fuel shortage.
Many within the energy industry have faith that Nolan will be up to the task as he is a “decent man” who is passionate about energy and eager to make progress.
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