Energy market referred for competition investigation

Following the state-of-the-market assessment, the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem) consulted on whether to refer the energy market for an in-depth investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) and on the scope of the reference. The consultation elicited responses from 28 organisations and 78 consumers. Nearly all of them supported a reference to the CMA, even if they disagreed with the assessment of the state of competition in the market.

Ofgem has now made a formal decision to refer for investigation the market for the supply and acquisition of electricity and gas, covering supply to domestic and small business customers.

In making the decision to refer, Ofgem identified key features of the market and questions for the CMA to address. These build on the conclusions reached in the state-of-the-market assessment…

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