Start date: 15 March 2011 (following a consultation on scope on 25 January 2011)
End date: 21 December 2011
The aim of this study is to examine whether the market for the supply of energy to the 4 million households who are not connected to the mains gas grid is working well for these consumers. See full details of the scope of the market study (pdf 273kb).
The OFT published its final report on Off-grid Energy on 18 October 2011.
The OFT has consulted on its provisional decision to not make a market investigation reference of the retail supply of heating oil to domestic customers in the UK to the Competition Commission ('the CC'). We received eight responses relevant to the consultation and have carefully considered these. However, the issues raised during the consultation had been addressed in our market study report and no new evidence or information has been received as a result of the consultation that gives us reason to change our view that the reference test set out in section 131 of the Enterprise Act 2002 is not met. The OFT has therefore decided not to refer the retail supply of heating oil to domestic customers in the UK to the CC
Downloaded a copy of our final decision (pdf 185kb).
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