Gas crisis: consumers face shock £200 rise in bills as cold weather and snow lead to low fuel reserves
Tom BowdenEnergy bills are set to jump by as much as £200 over the next year as a result of continuing gas shortages, potentially forcing more than a third of households to switch off their heating entirely, energy consultants warn.
As emergency deliveries of liquefied natural gas from Qatar brought some relief to Britain’s rapidly diminishing gas reserves, specialists cautioned that supplies remained strained and would lead utility companies to raise gas and electricity bills.
“It’s probably inevitable that the energy price is going to go up this coming winter and customers better fasten their seatbelts. I wouldn’t be at all surprised if the rise is in double-digits which would push many families close to the edge,” said Ms Robinson, director of consumer policy at uSwitch, the energy consultant.
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" Gas crisis: consumers face shock £200 rise in bills as cold weather and snow lead to low fuel reserves", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2013. Consulté le 26/09/2023. URL: http://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/gas-crisis-consumers-face-shock-200-rise-in-bills-as-cold-weather-and-snow-lead-to-low-fuel-reserves