Ofgem launches a review on standing charges for domestic customers

According to the industry watch dog, there has been a significant rise in standing charges over the last two years.

The good news is you can have your say, as Ofgem has opened a review and are asking for feedback from domestic consumers.

What are standing charges?

The standing charge is a cost that is included in each electricity and gas bill. It is a cost set by your supplier. It is also included in the energy price cap that we review and set every three months. Your supplier will charge you this cost each day, even if you do not use any energy on that day. The amount you pay will depend on your supplier and where you live within England, Scotland or Wales.

The charge covers the cost to maintain the energy supply network, take meter readings, and support government social schemes, for example helping people that cannot afford energy, and pay government environmental levy’s.

Ginger noticed standing charges increased on business consumers since the energy crisis, when clients have used less 🤔. Clearly it’s the same for the domestic market but there is no such revive for non domestic ( business ) customers

Who can get involved?

Domestic consumers


Energy Industry (inc consumer groups)

If your in one of the above categories, you can submit your views via email to StandingCharges@ofgem.gov.uk by 19 January 24.

As for business consumers, this is unfortunately not applicable, so don’t expect anything to change soon