2013 October news archive


30 October

MPs grill 'Big Six' energy suppliers at select committee hearing

House inside a lightbulbBig wig representatives of the UK's 'Big Six' energy suppliers were grilled yesterday (October 29) by MPs over the latest batch of energy bill increases. Four out of the six energy suppliers have raised their energy bills this year, causing complaints from a number of hard up energy consumers, as such, the MPs at the ...

25 October

ScottishPower's energy prices to rise by 8.6%

Cooking surface and gas ringsScottishPower has become the fourth big six energy supplier to announce that it's raising its energy prices. It's revealed that dual-fuel energy bills will increase by 8.6 per cent from 6 December. Electricity prices will increase by 9 per cent, and gas prices by 8.5 per cent on the same date. Around 2.2 million customers ...

24 October

Scottish Power fined £8.5m by Ofgem over doorstep and phone mis-selling

Electrical dischargeScottish Power has been ordered to pay some of its customers a total of £8.5m by Ofgem following an investigation into the firms telephone and doorstep selling. The energy regulator ordered the 'Big Six' energy supplier to pay the fine as a result of its failure to train and monitor its staff properly, resulting in ...

22 October

Npower the latest 'Big Six' firm to raise energy bills with 10.4% bump

Blue flames of gasEnergy supplier npower is the latest firm to raise its prices - with a price increase averaging 10.4%. In total, npower's gas rates will rise by 11.1% from December 1, with electricity bills also set to surge by a whopping 9.3% - the highest rise in energy prices thus far this year by an energy ...

21 October

British Gas Twitter Q&A gives customers chance to vent at supplier

PlugBritish Gas customers have hit back at the energy firm over its energy price increase averaging 9.2%. Disgruntled billpayers slammed the 'Big Six' energy supplier during a Twitter Q&A session designed to calm the waters following its price hike. The energy giant announced it will rise its electricity prices by 10.4% and gas prices by ...

18 October

British Gas Set To Increase Energy Prices By 9.2%

Electricity power lines at nightBritish Gas has become the latest big six energy supplier to announce that it will implement a price increase. Due to come into effect from next month (23 November), electricity prices will rise by 10.4 per cent, and gas prices by 8.4 per cent. For dual-fuel customers, prices are expected to rise by 9.2 per ...

14 October

Ed Davey: Government is "extremely close" to EDF nuclear deal

Power stationEd Davey has confirmed the government is "extremely close" to a deal with EDF over the construction of the first new nuclear power plants in the UK for two decades. Speaking in an interview with the BBC, the energy secretary also said he expected a huge amount of foreign investment into the UK's nuclear energy ...

10 October

SSE To Increase Energy Prices By 8.2%

electricity pylon 2Big six energy supplier SSE has announced an average price increase of 8.2 per cent for its gas and electricity prices. It's expected to impact around 4.4 million customers on its electricity tariffs, and 2.9 million on its gas tariffs from 15 November. The price rise won't affect those signed up for its fixed tariffs, ...

10 October

Campaign group: Homeowners could pay £425 more in energy bills by 2020

Green Energy - Solar PanelsA leading campaign group has claimed the government's push to use more green energy in order to meet EU figures will cost a staggering total of £22bn by 2020. The Taxpayers' Alliance research showed energy consumers will be hit by energy bills costing more than £400 more over the next six years. The push for ...

09 October

National Grid: Risk of a winter blackout the highest in six years

Electricity power lines at nightThe National Grid has warned the UK is at the highest risk of a blackout this winter for six years. However, the operator of the UK's electricity network believes it, and the energy suppliers it works alongside, are well prepared to deal with the issue. National Grid director of market operations, Chris Train, said: "As ...

07 October

EDF Energy Unveils New Fixed Price Energy Tariff

PlugEDF Energy, one of the UK's big six energy suppliers, has unveiled a new fixed price energy tariff that will freeze both gas and electricity prices until 2017. The announcement of the Blue + Price Freeeeze March 2017 tariff follows the launch of nPower's Price Protector March 2017 tariff. However, EDF's offering is cheaper by ...

04 October

E.on launches new energy comparison saving energy toolkit

Electrical dischargeCustomers at energy supplier E.on will now be able to compare their energy usage with neighbours and households of a similar size with the launch of its saving energy toolkit. The comparison feature is designed to push energy consumers into being more efficient with their energy use and will offer tailor-made recommendations to each household. ...

04 October

First Utility and Ovo Energy Criticise Labour Energy Proposals

Blue flames of gasA number of small energy suppliers have joined in the criticism of Ed Miliband's  proposed price freeze. The proposal has already drawn criticism from big six energy suppliers, British Gas and nPower, and now First Utility and Ovo Energy have moved to blast it. Labour said it would freeze gas and electricity prices for a ...

03 October

E.on scraps StayWarm scheme - Over 60s now face higher energy bills

House inside a lightbulbE.on has scrapped one of its tariffs - potentially leading to tens of thousands of pensioners being hit with a price hike on their energy bills. The 'Big Six' energy supplier will end its StayWarm scheme on October 7th. The tariff offered those over 60 fixed rate energy bills. However, the firm has been quick ...

01 October

Energy and climate change minister Greg Barker calls for a 'Big 60,000'

electricity pylon 2A leading government official has proclaimed there should be a 'Big 60,000' group of energy suppliers, rather than the current 'Big Six'. Energy and climate change minister, Greg Barker, believes it is vital for the industry to shake up the current domination of the market by providing an "explosion of choice" for energy consumers. The ...