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Energy Supply

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 3rd September 2012.

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Photo of Kate Hoey Kate Hoey Labour, Vauxhall

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what representations he has received from energy companies on the likely increase in costs to non-domestic energy customers arising from the prohibition of roll-over contracts.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

DECC Ministers and officials receive a number of representations from energy companies about a range of issues.

Ofgem is responsible for the regulation of gas and electricity supply, including supply to the non-domestic sector. The use of a roll-over contract for non-domestic customers ensures there is no disruption to their electricity or gas supplies should they fail to notify their existing supplier that they wish to agree a new contract or switch to another supplier within the time limit set out in the terms of the contract. From January 2010, new rules introduced by Ofgem limit the period of rolled-over contract to 12 months.

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