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Thursday 17 August 2017
17 August 2017 - NEWS UPDATE
Community Energy

Tweet MPs the question you want to ask energy companies

MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Committee want to know the one question you would ask your energy provider.

They are holding an inquiry into the UK's energy system and wish to find out what consumers think of the leading companies: British Gas, EDF, E.ON, RWE npower, SSE, Scottish Power, Good Energy, and Ovo Energy.

Questions can be sent via Twitter by adding the hashtag #AskEnergyFirms to your tweet.

The deadline for questions is midnight on Thursday 11 April ahead of the Committee's next session on Tuesday 16 April at 10am.

MPs are holding the inquiry because the UK's energy system will need to undergo significant changes in the next few years in order to deliver secure, clean and affordable energy in future.

The Committee's recent inquiry, Consumer Engagement with Energy Markets found that public trust in energy companies was low and there was a clear sense of a lack of transparency around energy company prices and profits.

If changes in the energy system are to be successful, the Government and energy companies will need to strengthen public confidence and trust in their ability to deliver a fair deal to consumers and protect the most vulnerable, fuel-poor households.

Fuel poverty is projected to hit 3.9m households in 2012 as rising energy prices put increasing pressure on low-income consumers, often compounded by extra charges, which penalise those who are struggling most.

The current inquiry, Energy Prices, Profits and Poverty, aims to investigate through an analysis of energy prices, energy company profits and fuel poverty what is being done to ensure consumer protection and fairness in the energy market.

Get involved and join the twitter conversation #energycompanies