Fuel poverty in the private rented and off-grid sectors

11 January 2012

The Energy and Climate Change Committee will hold the first oral evidence session of its inquiry into fuel poverty in the private rented and off-grid sectors at 9.40 am on Wednesday 11 January 2012 in the Wilson room, Portcullis House.


At 9.40am approx

  • Mary Starks, Director of Infrastructure, and James Macbeth [tbc], Office of Fair Trading
  • Mark Askew, Chief Executive, and David Todd, President, Federation of Petroleum Suppliers 
  • Paul Blacklock, Head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs, Calor Gas
  • Rob Shuttleworth, Chief Executive, UKLPG

At 10.40am approx

  • Lauren Langton, Coordinator, Allendale domestic oil buying group, Hexham, Northumberland 
  • Mike Murray, Coordinator, North Tyne Valley domestic oil buying group

At 11am approx

  • William Baker, Head of Fuel Poverty, Consumer Focus
  • Ron Campbell, Head of Policy and Information, National Energy Action

Timings are approximate.

What will be discussed?

Competition in the off-grid energy sector and the OFT off-grid market study;

  • Regulation of the sector and consumer protection
  • Mitigating actions taken by off-grid consumers (e.g. group purchasing)
  • Division of resources in the Energy Company Obligation (ECO)
  • The Green Deal and ECO in off-grid areas
  • The role of low-carbon technologies
  • Potential for extending the gas network
  • The Warm Homes Discount Scheme

Further information

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