[holding answer 9 September 2009]: DECC is keenly aware of the impact of past increases in energy costs on small and medium sized businesses. Wholesale energy costs have fallen in recent months, creating the potential for businesses renewing contracts or agreeing new ones to look for price reductions in comparison with earlier in the year.
DECC welcomes the measures recently announced by Ofgem to improve the operation of the SME supply market. DECC receives information and considers data and analysis on the impacts of energy prices, from a number of sources. DECC publishes data on energy prices, based on energy consumption levels.