The government's Energy Bill has been given Royal Assent, bringing a raft of consumer and business energy measures into force.
As part of the Energy Act 2010, Ofgem's powers with regards to supporting energy customers will be more clearly set out, while carbon capture and storage techniques developments will improve.
A new framework will also be established in order to require energy suppliers to deliver support to consumers in fuel poverty. These new regulations will take the place of current voluntary agreements.
The act will bring forward four commercial demonstration projects retrofitted with carbon capture technology.
Energy suppliers will also have to comply with government guidelines about how much notice they give to consumers when they make changes to their gas and electricity tariffs.
A statement from the parliament website explained: "This plan aims to deliver emissions cuts of 34 per cent from 1990 levels by 2020 and of 80 per cent by 2050, while maintaining security of supply, maximising economic opportunities and protecting vulnerable consumers."
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