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Keeping the lights on in a Channel Island

A recent electricity price control dispute in the small island of Sark in the English Channel captured the imagination of the media, with outlets such as BBC, ITV, The Guardian, and CNN speculating that the island would have to be evacuated due to an electricity blackout.

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Which direction is the FCA walking on prices?

Yesterday, the FCA published the terms of reference for the forthcoming general insurance market study; a thematic review of the home insurance supervisory programme; and a discussion paper on fair pricing in financial services. Who is affected? The market study will focus on motor and home insurance, with wider implications for health, pet and travel

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Policy papers on the German energy regulator’s benchmarking framework

Oxera, in collaboration with Dr Eva Deuchert of Netze BW, will be publishing a series of articles in ew – Magazin für die Energiewirtschaft on Bundesnetzagentur’s current benchmarking procedure for assessing the efficiency of energy networks. Building on insights gained from working on energy issues in Germany, as well as similar issues in several other

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Oxera opens office in Paris

Oxera Consulting LLP announces the opening today of its Paris office, to be headed up by Partner, Pascale Déchamps We continue our expansion in Europe with the opening of our office in Paris, adding a seventh location to complement our network of European offices in Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, London, Oxford and Rome. Pascale Déchamps will

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Loyal, lazy or time poor?

Today Citizens Advice issued a super-complaint to the Competition and Markets Authority about the ‘loyalty penalty’. According to Citizens Advice, firms are ‘routinely punishing their customers simply for being loyal’, which disproportionately affects vulnerable customers such as older people. Who is affected? The super-complaint focuses on five retail markets in two sectors: financial services (home

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Oxera appointed to advise European electricity transmission system operators on international efficiency benchmarking

The Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) has been undertaking pan-European benchmarking of electricity and gas transmission service operators (TSOs) since 2003. It is currently following up on its electricity and gas studies, in 2012/13 and 2015/16 respectively, with the new studies for the TSOs anticipated to be completed by March 2019. As part of

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