CEER Publishes its Monitoring Report on the Performance of European Retail Markets in 2017

17 December 2018

Today, the Council of European Energy Regulators (CEER) has published its Monitoring Report on the Performance of European Retail Markets in 2017.

The ACER-CEER “Annual Report of the Results of Monitoring the Internal Electricity and Natural Gas Markets”, published in October 2018, includes retail- and consumer-focused volumes. This CEER report provides further analysis on some of the most important aspects of retail electricity and gas markets, allowing a more in-depth and comprehensive understanding of their performance and evolution.

Some important findings include:

  • A great degree of structural diversity among European retail markets remains very much the case.
  • Some progress has been made in reducing market concentration and increasing the number of suppliers in a number of countries.
  • Overall, customer switching rates for 2017 were higher than the 2012-2016 average, contributing to a more competitive market.
  • Regulated prices for households remain in 13 countries for electricity and 12 countries for gas.

Major topics covered include:

  • Market Structure: Numbers of suppliers; entry/exit activity; market concentration;
  • Customer Switching Activity: switching between suppliers and to different contracts in the same supplier; analysis of the types of offers available;
  • Intervention in price setting and a look at price regulation in Europe as well as roadmaps for price deregulation in selected countries.

The Report also contains three case studies that allow for a detailed look at retail energy market developments in France, Germany and Great Britain.

This report is part of European energy regulators’ core task of monitoring energy markets and contributes to CEER’s efforts to improve markets for the benefit of consumers. 



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