Promoting value for money

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The central aim of our energy policy is to deliver an affordable, secure and sustainable energy system. This supports our principal objective,  which is to protect the interests of present and future consumers.

One of the greatest challenges in terms of affordability is the fact that cost trends, which had been reducing during the 1980s and 1990s, are now increasing throughout the supply chain. This affects all energy consumers, from the smallest to the largest, domestic and business.  

In keeping with our remit, we look to ensure that the prices consumers pay represent value for money. We achieve this through the setting of revenue controls and incentives for the energy companies and through the supervision and development of the wholesale and retail markets.

New price controls for transmission and gas distribution networks took effect in April 2013 and are designed to keep the pressure on the network companies to deliver value for money.

In addition, a range of key projects for 2013-2014 are focused on providing simpler choices for consumers, with clearer information about products, prices and available savings, as well as fairer treatment in all supplier interactions with their customers. We are reviewing both the retail and wholesale markets with the aim of promoting competition and prohibiting market manipulation.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 12th Jul 2012
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Sustainable Development Focus is Ofgem’s annual round up of our contribution to sustainable development. This sits alongside our set of themed indicator publications, which together form our sustainable development reporting package.

  • Published: 4th Nov 2011
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Sustainable Development Focus is Ofgem's annual round up of our contribution to sustainable development. This sits alongside our set of themed indicator publications, which together form our sustainable development reporting package.

  • Published: 15th Nov 2010
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Sustainable Development Focus is Ofgem’s new annual round-up of our contribution to sustainable development. Alongside our set of themed indicator publications, this package replaces our previous Sustainable Development Report.

  • Published: 20th Nov 2009
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This annual report assesses our contribution to the achievement of sustainable development, providing updates on our activities and intentions for the coming year, as well as reflections on wider events.

  • Published: 17th Dec 2008
  • Closed: 1st Feb 2009
  • Consultations and responses
  • 1 Associated documents
This annual Sustainable Development Report assesses the progress made towards developing more sustainable gas and electricity markets, provides an update of our activities and intentions over the next year as well as reflects on wider developments.