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Commenting on National Grid's Winter Outlook 2013/14 report, Angela Knight, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:
"National Grid has demonstrated that the UK’s demand for energy is getting closer to the amount we can produce or buy in. We have enough energy now but this timely report shows that, as Energy UK has been saying, investment is urgently needed to ensure we build the new power stations we are going to need.
In reaction to Ed Miliband's speech at the Labour conference, Angela Knight, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:
“Freezing the bill may be superficially attractive, but it will also freeze the money to build and renew power stations, freeze the jobs and livelihoods of the 600,000 plus people dependent on the energy industry and make the prospect of energy shortages a reality, pushing up the prices for everyone.
Responding to Which? comments on a 'standing charge lottery', Angela Knight, chief executive of Energy UK, said:
“The ink is still wet on Ofgem’s current reforms to simplify the energy market and surely they must be given a chance. The energy companies are doing everything that the regulator and their customers are asking for. Simplifying tariffs while still providing choice, and a creating a straight forward way of comparing one tariff with another.
"Switching energy suppliers is simple for everyone." Angela Knight, chief executive of Energy UK, said today.
As industry regulator, Ofgem, set out the benefits tenants could get from shopping around Mrs Knight emphasised how straightforward energy companies have made it to switch.
Energy saving - no degree required!
As students start heading back to University, or start University for the first time, Energy UK has plenty of helpful tips to save energy, keep warm in student accommodation, and save money for those essential student expenses.
Given the adverse weather conditions hitting large parts of the UK at the moment, it is important to stay safe and know who to contact if you have problems with your energy supply.
If you lose power you should contact your distributor. When calling, make sure that you have a bill to hand as quoting your account number can speed up the process.
If you smell gas or think that you have a gas leak, immediately open all windows and doors and extinguish any naked flames. Then, call the Gas Emergency Services free on 0800 111 999.
Following a written Ministerial statement from DECC on gas security of supply, Angela Knight, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:
"We have been supportive of Government’s need to investigate whether we can be sure of a reliable and secure gas supply and it comes as no surprise to us that they have found the gas market to be well-functioning and in good shape to weather the upcoming winter and beyond.
Prior to the Opposition day debate on energy bills, Angela Knight, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:
“Parliament should take this opportunity for an open and honest debate about energy from generation through to the household bill.
Responding to Ofgem's announcement on new supplier Standards of Conduct for small businesses, Angela Knight, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:
“Energy suppliers support the introduction of new standards of conduct which reinforces their commitment to treat their small business customers fairly and openly. The energy suppliers have all made public commitments across the summer and we are working closely with customers, government, the regulator and others to set out in some detail how the new arrangements will work.
As Ofgem's consultation into Tackling Electricity Theft ends, Angela Knight, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said:
"Ofgem is in danger of looking too much down the wrong end of the telescope on energy theft. Of course the energy suppliers have a part to play in reducing the theft of electricity, just as shops and supermarkets have a role in trying to stop shoplifters. But theft is theft and the main focus should be on catching those who bypass meters, particularly when they use the electricity for criminal activity like growing cannabis.
"Energy suppliers take their responsibility to detect and prevent electricity theft very seriously and already have steps in place to protect honest customers and prosecute the criminals responsible. All suppliers will continue to work closely with the necessary authorities and Ofgem to tackle theft whether its electricity or gas. If you suspect your meter has been tampered with, contact your supplier as a matter of urgency."