On 30 September 2010, energy regulator Ofgem issued a proposal that energy suppliers will have to give consumers 30 calendar days’ warning before putting up energy prices. The proposal is intended to help consumers determine whether they are getting a good deal from their energy providers. Ofgem will publish a consultation on its final policy proposals confirming that it is intending to propose licence modifications. Ofgem is required to consult on proposals for licence modifications but if the proposals are blocked because a majority of suppliers object, Ofgem has the power to refer the matter to the Competition Commission. If the proposals are not blocked, they could come into effect by January 2011. Click here for more information.