Regulator may crackdown on electricity and gas ‘debt-hopping’

The energy regulator is considering plans to prevent thousands of gas and electricity customers from engaging in so-called ‘debt-hopping’.

19th March, 2011

The energy regulator is considering plans to prevent thousands of gas and electricity customers from engaging in so-called ‘debt-hopping’.

This involves customers switching from one utility company to another after building up substantial arrears, and is believed to have become common-place in the electricity and gas markets here.

Under rules enforced by the Commission for Energy Regulation (CER),utility companies cannot discriminate against consumers who are either in arrears or in debt with another...

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