By Daniel Hunter

British Gas has been fined £11.1m after failing to meet energy efficiency targets on time.

British Gas did meet its targets to improve energy efficiency in low income areas, but energy regulator Ofgem said it failed to do so by the time the scheme ended in 2012.

That meant thousands of people were left without energy efficient measures for the 2012-13 winter.

British Gas apologised for failing to meet the deadline.

Last week, Ofgem issued its largest ever fine - £28m to Drax, and another £11m to InterGen - for similar reasons. Whereas British Gas was late in fulfilling its obligation, Drax and InterGen just didn't fulfil it at all.

Sarah Harrison, an Ofgem senior partner, said: "British Gas's failure to deliver two environmental obligations on time is unacceptable.

"Thousands of households had to wait for energy efficiency measures, like insulation, to be installed during the winter. The payment reflects British Gas's failure to meet its obligations on time but also recognises its commitment to put things right."

Claire Miles, managing director of British Gas New Energy, said: "We're pleased that in the end we managed to help more vulnerable people under this scheme than was required."

The £11.1m fine will go to a charity which helps vulnerable people with energy efficiency and costs.

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