13 Jun 2011 12:06:04
Small energy suppliers now exempt from CERT
Small energy providers will no longer have to take part in two government schemes designed to reduce CO2
As part of plans to cut the red tape for smaller suppliers, the Department of Energy and Climate change announced companies with fewer than 250,000 customers will not have to comply with Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (CERT) and the Community Energy Saving Programme (CESP).
Previously, the CERT applied to all providers will more than 50,000 customers, requiring them to reduce the level of CO2
emitted by households through the provision of low carbon energy solutions.
Under the CESP, suppliers were required to deliver targeted energy-saving measures in low income areas of the UK and also applied to suppliers with a base larger than 50,000.
The government claimed such obligations were putting too much pressure on small suppliers and was acting as a barrier to their growth.
Energy minister Charles Hendry said: "Reducing red tape for smaller suppliers will help them grow and encourage new players into the market. Increased competition can help bring down prices and encourage innovation, benefitting energy consumers."