UK energy bills will increase by 80% in October as the controller reports a hike

UK energy bills will increase by 80% in October

August 29, 2022:- On Friday, Britain’s energy regulator reported that it would raise its main cap on consumer energy bills to an average of £3,549 ($4,197) from £1,971 a year, as campaign groups think tanks, and politicians call on the government to tackle a cost-of-living crisis.

The price cap limits the standard charge energy suppliers can bill domestic customers for their combined electricity and gas bill in England, Scotland, and Wales but is recalculated by Ofgem throughout the year to remember wholesale market prices and other industry costs.

It covers around 24 million homes. The 4.5 million households on prepayment plans face an addition from £2,017 to £3,608.

The cap does not apply in Northern Ireland, where suppliers can increase prices at any moment after getting approval from a different regulator.

Gas prices have zoomed to record levels over the last year as higher global demand has been intensified in Europe by low gas storage levels and a drop in pipeline implications from Russia following its invasion of Ukraine. This has also increased electricity prices.

Earlier this month, Ofgem revealed that it would recalculate the cap every three months rather than every six months to reflect current market volatility.

Consultancy Cornwall Insight forecasts the cap could grow to £4,649.72 in the first quarter of 2023 and £5,341.08 in the second quarter before narrowing down to £4,767.97 in the third quarter.

That is still up from an intermediate £1,400 annual bill in October 2021 and the current £1,971 cap.

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