MSE news: Energy firms told to slash prices by regulator

edited 6 August 2009 at 4:57PM in Energy
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edited 6 August 2009 at 4:57PM in Energy
This is the discussion thread for the following MSE news story:

"Energy regulator Ofgem has finally got tough with suppliers by demanding they cut household bills to reflect the falling price they pay for power.

Campaigners have been calling for price cuts for months because the wholesale prices the major firms pay for gas and electricity have slumped by around ..."
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  • Alias_OmegaAlias_Omega Forumite
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    Good news,

    Though how long do they have to cut the prices.
  • Alias_OmegaAlias_Omega Forumite
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    MSE_Guy wrote: »
    This is the discussion thread for the following MSE news story:

    "Energy regulator Ofgem has finally got tough with suppliers by demanding they cut household bills to reflect the falling price they pay for power.

    Campaigners have been calling for price cuts for months because the wholesale prices the major firms pay for gas and electricity have slumped by around ..."

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    Did you know that your bottom link goes to some article about insurance prices.
  • edited 6 August 2009 at 4:46PM
    1carminestocky1carminestocky Forumite
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    edited 6 August 2009 at 4:46PM
    Recent pic of Ofgem Head Honcho getting tough:

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    Call me Carmine....

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  • fullstopfullstop Forumite
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    Nothing will happen, first off all there will be a "consultation" which will last about a year, then energy firms will appeal, leading to another delay and by the time that has finished energy wholesale prices will have risen so we will be back to square one.
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  • kuczer2kuczer2 Forumite
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    fullstop wrote: »
    Nothing will happen, first off all there will be a "consultation" which will last about a year, then energy firms will appeal, leading to another delay and by the time that has finished energy wholesale prices will have risen so we will be back to square one.

    Agree with this - consumer just gets shafted once again while Energy companies make HUGE profits and still moan about their lot in life.

    I personally think it is time for a cap to be put on the profits these companies can make above their actual costs - kind of like a variable rate mortgage rising and falling with the interest rate. This is an ESSENTIAL spend for everyone goodness sake! We are not talking about a luxury item here!
  • If you get your calculator out... Those HUGE profits you talk about only equate to a 2% profit margin. What do you suggest they set the cap at? 1% ? 0.5%? Would you even notice that kind of reduction in your bill?
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  • If you get your calculator out... Those HUGE profits you talk about only equate to a 2% profit margin. What do you suggest they set the cap at? 1% ? 0.5%? Would you even notice that kind of reduction in your bill?


    Conglomerate accounting? Your employer, Centrica, for instance, splits the gas exploration and gas retail businesses into 2 separate entities. Why? When one does badly the other does great. And vice versa. And profits are calculated after costs incurred running the business. Did you really need to pay HALF A BILLION POUNDS for a computer system that was reportedly so unfit for purpose that your company instigated court proceedings against the suppliers?
    Call me Carmine....

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  • galbagalba Forumite
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    It would be silly of the govt. to rock the boat at this stage. This time next year there will be lots of ex-ministers and senior MPs looking for comfy seats on the boards of all these utility companies .
  • mech_2mech_2 Forumite
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    If you get your calculator out... Those HUGE profits you talk about only equate to a 2% profit margin. What do you suggest they set the cap at? 1% ? 0.5%? Would you even notice that kind of reduction in your bill?

    That's odd because Centrica's results for the first half of 2009 show a 6.8% margin for British Gas Residential.

    And Centrica's gas production arm made a bigger profit than that in addition.
  • icefallicefall Forumite
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    Its about time too.

    Hopefully someone in there ivory tower has noticed that the ordinary utility payer is suffering for the benefits of the execs who need their squillions each year to live on of course...
    I always wanted to be a procrastinator, never got round to it...
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