.@CitAdviceScot: Ofgem prepayment cap charge proposal can help tackle poverty
Advocacy group welcomes regulators move to help those struggling to pay energy bills
CITIZENS ADVICE SCOTLAND (CAS) has welcomed the latest proposals by Ofgem to cap charges imposed by energy suppliers for the installation of pre-payment meters, and their pledge to scrap them completely for the most vulnerable.
The energy industry regulator will use its cap to reduce the average prepayment meter (PPM) installation by up to £300 pounds in many cases helping to alienate the premium that poorer customers end up paying.
Scottish parties call for a "national plan" for renewable energy storage
Parties from Scotland want plan to ensure financial security and flexibility for renewables
BOTH the SNP and Scottish Greens have urged the UK Government to develop a national renewable energy storage strategy for wind power and hydro power.
The plan originally announced by SNP energy spokesman Callum McCaig was supported by Mark Ruskell of the Scottish Greens in addition to his party's own suggestions.
Citizens Advice welcomes fresh Aberdeen City Council attempt to tackle fuel poverty
Council takes step to ensure city's long term energy needs amid a series of shocks in North Sea Oil market
ABERDEEN City Council (ACC) has agreed to set up its own Energy Services Company (ESCo) in efforts to manage all of the city's energy use, deployment and development.
The ESCo plans to be an "arms length" organisation completely owned by the council but operating outside of its usual structures, and it will also be given a remit to expand and develop the energy-related services of the city in the future.
Scottish Greens call for energy policy to be devolved to Holyrood
Greens demand Scotland controls energy and regulation in light of UK Government policy
THE Scottish Greens have called for energy policy and the regulatory framework that governs it to be fully devolved to the Scottish Parliament.
The comments were made in response to the call by the GMB Union for the UK Government to scrap the national energy regulator Ofgem after disappointment in what the GMB called "ineffectual reforms".
Citizens Advice welcomes Ofgem investigation into SSE over pre-pay meters
Advocacy group hopes investigation will see vulnerable customers "treated fairly"
CITIZENS Advice Scotland (CAS) has welcomed Ofgem’s investigation into Scottish and Southern Energy’s (SSE) pre-payment meter processes.
The energy regulator said it was responding to concerns raised by groups such as CAS, about the Perth-based company’s approach to switching customers in debt or those struggling over to pre-payment tariffs.