MPs To Question 'Big Six' Energy Firms

Executives from the 'Big Six' (British Gas, Npower, SSE, EDF, E-On and Scottish Power) will today be questioned over price rises and why the average energy bill has topped £1,400.

British Gas, SSE, Scottish Power and Npower have raised household bills by 9.1% this winter, with E-on and EDF to follow.

The Big Six have blamed the rises on increased wholesale energy costs, the cost of using the national grid and levies attached to government programmes.

In contrast, data regulator Ofgem has stated that these costs have gone up by 1.7% over the past year which should only add £10 to a bill.

Ofgem could be asked to investigate the sector should the panel find that firms have the power to raise prices by more than the increases in their costs.

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