EDF’s modest price rise comes with "strings attached"

EDF Energy’s modest – in comparison – domestic price rise could come with a caveat based on the future of the ECO scheme for insulating British homes. Today the supplier introduced a much lower rise than other Big Six energy companies of 3.9% from 3 January 2014. However it appears this may be subject to […]

Thames Water presses on with 8% price hike request

Thames Water is continuing the fight to add an extra £29 to the annual average household bill. Earlier this year it proposed to increase customer bills by 8% in 2014, putting the demand down to “significant” extra costs from taking on an extra 40,000 kilometres of private sewers and charges and increases in bad debt. […]

npower raises energy bills by £137

Energy supplier npower has become the third of the Big Six companies to raise its gas and electricity prices this winter. Today it announced electricity prices will rise by 9.3% and gas prices by 11.1% from December 1st, affecting around three million consumers. The largest increase so far, the rise is expected to add £137 […]

Energy Bill’s impact ‘catastrophic’ for UK businesses

The impact of the today’s Energy Bill announcement could be “catastrophic” for businesses in the UK. Energy Forecaster, an online site that provides insight into the future of business energy, said if the increased energy costs for domestic consumers announced by DECC is applied to firms, it will seriously affect businesses. The initial details of […]

Energy price hikes force thousands more into fuel poverty

A 7% average rise in energy bills this winter could force 314,000 more households into fuel poverty. That’s the view of uSwitch, whose comment follows the recent increase in gas and electricity prices from five of the ‘Big Six’. EDF Energy was the last supplier to confirm a 10.8% rise last week, the highest so […]

Energy companies “confuse” customers

A new survey shows 82% of people say Energy bills are the most confusing of all household bills. More than three quarters of Britons are unable to work out if there are mistakes on their energy bills according to new research from uSwitch.com because they are too complicated and there is too much jargon. Ann […]

National Grid slams Ofgem’s upgrade plans

Ofgem’s plans to upgrade the country’s gas and electricity networks will not provide a “safe and reliable” grid system, according to Britain’s biggest energy distributor. The comment was made as the industry regulator announced its £22billion energy upgrade and renewal plans, which includes a £17billion investment in grid upgrades between April 2013 and 2021 and […]

Reporter’s Blog

It’s hardly breaking news that the tabloid media knows how to pick on a figure, hold it up to the light, inspect it, then plonk it on the printing presses with a ‘new’ angle and hey presto: a sensational headline story. But you’d never suspect researchers or government advisers of doing the very same thing. […]