Auto-switching has been put on hold due to the energy crisis
Auto-switching has been put on hold due to the energy crisis: The government has declared that it would halt its efforts to implement and test opt-in and opt-out energy switching.
The public consultation on the plan, which began on July 23rd, sought feedback on suggestions for an opt-in switching programme, in which those on the most costly tariffs would be provided a straightforward way to move to a cheaper rate.
The idea also includes testing opt-out switching, in which consumers who haven’t moved in a while get transferred to a competitive new contract unless they opt out.
According to the Business and Energy Secretary, the government intends to update its energy retail market strategy, which will be published soon.
“To enable this refresh of our overall retail market strategy and to help stabilise the market in the short-term, the government is therefore pausing policy development on the recent public consultation on opt-in and testing opt-out switching.” said Kwasi Kwarteng.
Ofgem released a set of reform proposals aimed at strengthening the industry in the face of potential energy price shocks a few days ago.
Auto-switching has been put on hold due to the energy crisis: