Economy committee to hold energy prices evidence session


Representatives from the ‘big six’ energy suppliers, the regulator Ofgem, consumer groups and fuel poverty bodies will give evidence on energy prices to the Economy, Energy and Tourism Committee on Wednesday 29 June at 10am in committee room 4.

Committee Convener Gavin Brown MSP said:

“We want a very focussed evidence session with energy suppliers, regulators and consumer and business representatives to look at the proposed rise in energy prices announced by one supplier earlier this month.

“The Committee is obviously aware of the global energy market but is keen to hear the justification for price rises, whether other suppliers will follow suit and the reaction of the regulator Ofgem. Equally, we want to hear about the impact these energy prices will have on households and businesses in Scotland.

“It is important that the Committee is convinced that the suppliers and the regulator are doing all that they can to minimise the impact of these price rises on low income families and not to prejudice a return to economic growth.”

Panel 1

10.00 am - 10.45 am

  • Trisha McAulay, Deputy Director, Consumer Focus Scotland
  • Norman Kerr, Director, Energy Action Scotland

Panel 2

10.45 am - 12.15 pm

  • Rupert Steele, Director of Regulation, Scottish Power
  • Alistair Phillips-Davies, Generation and Supply Director, Scottish and Southern Energy
  • Ian Peters, Managing Director, Energy, British Gas
  • Paul Delamare, Head of Regulation, EDF Energy
  • Sara Vaughan, Director of Regulation and Energy Policy, E.ON
  • Paul Williamson, Head of Customer Markets Controlling, RWE npower

Panel 3

12.15 pm – 1.00 pm

  • Alistair Buchanan, Chief Executive, Ofgem, Charles Gallacher, Director GB External Relations, Ofgem and Jayne Scott, Non-Executive Member of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority.

Please note that timings above are approximate and a list of all witnesses will be confirmed in the Business Bulletin on Monday 27 June 2011.

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