UK to Develop Systems to Make Switching Energy Providers Easier
The UK Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC) officials recently met with energy suppliers and switching companies, Ofgem, consumer groups and app developers to discuss the development of new systems that will allow energy consumption data and costs to be automatically transferred between suppliers, making it easier for people to receive and compare quotes from energy suppliers.
Not only will this make it faster for people to switch energy suppliers, it will also give people information about how and when they use energy and help them to identify ways to reduce consumption and cost.
Customers of the largest suppliers can already download their data electronically, so automated access to these data files by customers or third parties, with consumers’ permission, is the next logical step, the DECC said.
An implementation group has been established to move the development of these systems forward as quickly as possible. The group will report on its progress by September.
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