Monday, 11 April 2011

Free lightbulbs land E.ON in the spotlight with regulator

By E.ON is under investigation by the energy regulator amid suspicions that hundreds of thousands of free lightbulbs meant to reduce UK carbon emissions were re-sold into Ireland.

According to Ofgem, officials are looking into whether the the German utility  was mis-reporting under a Government energy efficiency scheme, called the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target.

Ofgem confirmed on Friday that it has launched the investigation into E.ON's compliance with the compulsory initiative, which carries fines if utilities break the rules.

Under the scheme, utility companies have to help British households reduce their emissions, either by installing insulation, providing energy efficient lightbulbs or even small-scale wind or solar generation.

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