Energy firm cancels price rise

A small energy firm has cancelled its upcoming price rise, a decision which has been welcomed by consumer groups.

A small energy firm has cancelled its upcoming price rise, a decision which has been welcomed by consumer groups.


Ovo, a small company based in Gloucestershire with 69,000 residential customers, has said that an upcoming 3.5% increase for 10,000 customers on a variable tariff rate will no longer happen. This is due to a recent fall in the wholesale price of gas.

Consumer Focus welcomed the decision and suggested that the larger energy suppliers should also look to reduce their prices, if this small company can.

In a statement, the Director of Energy at Consumer Focus, Audrey Gallacher , said: "This is a good sign and it throws down a gauntlet to the Big Six. Wholesale prices have been falling recently, and all suppliers should be looking at whether that provides an opportunity to bring prices down.

"A smaller supplier such as OVO may be able to react more quickly, but it obviously can't operate on the same economies of scale as its much larger rivals. If it can cancel price rises because market fundamentals change, it begs the question why can't others?"

Businesses that are looking for a way to reduce their energy costs should look for a more competitive business electricity rate by comparing the rates offered by different energy suppliers to ensure that they are getting the best possible price. Using a business electricity price website which compares the various tariffs such as business-electricity.co.uk can help companies significantly reduce their energy costs and ensure that your business isn't paying more than it should.

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