Investigation into protecting domestic heating oil consumers underway

Sarah Newton, MP for Truro and Falmouth, has today welcomed the Government’s announcement that a study into off-grid energy, and in particular protection for consumers, will be undertaken.  This follows the recent severe cold weather which saw prices for domestic heating oil and gas rising drastically.

In response to public concern about the huge price hikes this winter, Charles Hendry MP, the Minister of State at the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has asked the Office of Fair Trade (OFT) to bring forward its competition and consumer study into off-grid energy.

Sarah Newton MP said: “I am pleased that the Minister has taken urgent action on this issue.  For months I have been taking the dreadful problems my constituents are encountering to the Minister.  I am grateful to Kevin Bennetts of Consol Oils for providing useful information that has informed the Minister.”

Sarah continued: “A lot of people in our community use off-grid energy and I want to ensure that their energy costs do not rise excessively.  I will continue to work with the Government to safeguard these consumers and I look forward to reading the OFT’s findings.  I am pleased that the Minister has ensured that the conclusions of the study will be published in advance of next winter.”