Freedom of Information and the Environmental Information Regulations
The Freedom of Information (FOI) Act 2000 and the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR) both came into force on January 1st 2005. They give people the right to request recorded information held by public authorities. As a government department, we qualify as a public authority.
FOI is designed to help people get a better understanding of how public authorities carry out their duties and make decisions.
If you are a consumer and you have an issue to resolve with an energy company please refer to the Consumer Advice section.
If you would like to make a FOI or EIR request, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or alternatively, write to us at:
Freedom of Information
Research and Information Centre
London SW1P 3GE
Phone: 020 7901 7003
Fax: 020 7901 7378
We endeavour to complete a specific FOI enquiry within the statutory 20 working day limit, or within 40 days for EIR, starting from the day after which the request was received. All requests must be made in writing, as per section 10 of the Freedom of Information Act.
If you're not happy with our response
If you are unhappy with a decision made for an FOI or EIR request, you can ask for an internal review. Tell us by email:
- Email: email@example.com
We endeavour to complete the review in 20 working days. A senior legal adviser who is not initially involved in the case carries out reviews. They can either instruct the FOI team to carry out further work where necessary or decide that what has already been done is satisfactory. In either case, the applicant will be informed of the decision in writing.
If you are not content with the outcome of the internal review, you have the right to apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at:
Information Commissioner’s Office
Cheshire SK9 5AF
Making a complaint about Ofgem
If you are unhappy with the way that we have reached an FOI or EIR request decision, follow our guidance at Complaints about Ofgem.