The UK OFGEM imposed a financial penalty of £ 41.6 million for abuse of dominant position in the market for the provision of domestic-sized gas meters (National Grid)

Introduction On 21 February 2008 the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets in the UK (OFGEM) published its decision which found that National Grid (NG) abused its dominant position in the market for the provision of domestic-sized [1] gas meters in Great Britain. OFGEM imposed a financial penalty of £41.6 million on NG. The investigation showed that the long-term contracts that NG used for the provision and maintenance of domestic sized gas meters reduced the incentives of gas suppliers to rent less expensive and/or more technologically advanced meters from competing meter operators. Consequently, such contracts had a foreclosing effect on these meter operators. Background NG is one of the UK's largest utilities. It owns and operates gas and electricity transmission and distribution

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Vitaly Pruzhansky, The UK OFGEM imposed a financial penalty of £ 41.6 million for abuse of dominant position in the market for the provision of domestic-sized gas meters (National Grid), 21 February 2008, e-Competitions February 2008, Art. N° 23363

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