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'Get tough' on high energy prices, pledges Chris Huhne

Chris Huhne, the UK Energy Secretary, has today announced that he plans to "get tough" on the "big six" energy companies (British Gas, Scottish Power, Scottish and Southern, Npower, E.On and EDF), forcing them to make gas and electricity tariffs simpler and more transparent.

Cut price energy tariffs for some, top price energy tariffs for the rest

The big energy companies are accused of keeping millions of customers on expensive gas and electricity tariffs, whilst offering the cheapest energy tariffs to those who search for gas and electricity online. This has the effect of stopping smaller energy suppliers from entering the market.

Huhne also said he wanted to give the regulatory body OFGEM powers to force energy companies to give money back to gas and electricity consumers for "bad behaviour" such as breaching licencing terms etc.

He wants energy companies to make it easy for gas and electricity customers to see whether they would save more by choosing an alternative gas or electricity tariff.  Additionally he wants energy firms to stop their reliance on expensive gas, oil and coal powered electricity generation, and to focus more on "green" energy such as wind, wave and hydroelectric energy generation.

Cheapest gas and electricity prices still to be found online

If you want to pay less for your gas and electricity, the best place to find cheaper energy tariffs is online. Using Switchomatic, you can quickly and easily find the cheapest gas and electricity prices, compare energy tariffs from across the market, and switch energy tariff in minutes.

Created: 20th Sep 2011, Last Modified: 7th Dec 2018, Switchomatic

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