Ofgem is the Office of the Gas and Electricity Markets. Protecting consumers is our first priority. We do this by promoting competition, wherever appropriate, and regulating the monopoly companies which run the gas and electricity networks. The interests of gas and electricity consumers are their interests taken as a whole, including their interests in the reduction of greenhouse gases and in the security of the supply of gas and electricity to them.

Other priorities and influences include:

  • helping to secure Britain’s energy supplies by promoting competitive gas and electricity markets – and regulating them so that there is adequate investment in the networks, and
  • contributing to the drive to curb climate change and other work aimed at sustainable development by, for example:
    • helping the gas and electricity industries to achieve environmental improvements as efficiently as possible; and
    • taking account of the needs of vulnerable customers, particularly older people, those with disabilities and those on low incomes.


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