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Energy minister urges regulator to act on high standing charges following calls from Martin Lewis and MSE to lower them

The Energy Secretary Claire Coutinho has written to the regulator Ofgem asking it to tackle the issue of high standing charges, which make up around £334 of most people's annual bill.

2 April 2024

Energy standing charges to be reviewed amid calls from Martin Lewis and MSE for them to be lowered

Energy standing charges, which make up around £300 of most people's yearly bills, are to be reviewed by Ofgem.

26 March 2024

He's bad! 'Michael Jackson' chases former Igloo Energy and Together Energy customers for debts – do you need to respond?

Unbelievably, a debt collection firm has been sending emails that appear to be signed by the late pop star Michael Jackson asking for repayments owed to energy firms that have gone bust.

12 March 2024

Octopus Energy buys Shell Energy UK – here's what you need to know

Octopus Energy has bought Shell Energy UK in a move which will see Shell's gas and electricity customers automatically transferred to Octopus in the coming weeks and months.

8 February 2024

EDF Energy to cut bills for some by £30 this winter – Martin Lewis welcomes move but says 'it's not a game-changer'

EDF Energy will cut bills by £30 for some 260,000 of its customers who get the Government's Warm Home Discount this winter.

29 September 2023

E.on Next becomes first big name supplier to launch fixed deal available to all costing less than the Energy Price Cap – should you switch?

E.on Next has become the first big name energy supplier to launch a fixed tariff costing below the Price Cap that's available to both new and existing customers.

8 September 2023

Power cut compensation to rise to £2,000 – here are your rights if your electricity supply is cut off

The maximum amount of compensation given to households and businesses that lose electricity power as a result of severe weather has increased from £700 to £2,000, as part of a raft of new measures announced by energy regulator Ofgem.

1 September 2023

Ovo to pay some smart meter customers £10 a month for cutting their electricity usage at peak times – here's what you need to know

Some Ovo customers with a smart meter can now earn £10 a month in bill credit by lowering their energy usage during peak times. If you can get it, it's a no brainer – but you should still consider and keep an eye out for cheaper fixed deals, as they could save you more money in the long term.

24 August 2023

British Gas to offer some smart meter users half-price electricity on Sundays this summer – here's what you need to know

British Gas is offering some customers with a smart meter half-price electricity on Sundays this summer as part of its 'PeakSave' scheme.

23 June 2023

Martin Lewis: The price you pay for energy will drop considerably in July

The price households pay for energy "will drop considerably" in July, the energy regulator has confirmed to founder Martin Lewis on ITV's Good Morning Britain.

23 May 2023