Centrica Plc and SSE Plc led four of the U.K.’s “Big Six” energy suppliers in saying they’ll cut consumer bills after the government pledged to reduce green levies to ease the cost of living.
EDF Energy Plc raised U.K. prices at a slower pace than its peers in anticipation the government will reduce social and environmental subsidies that add to bills.
British Prime Minister David Cameron is presiding over a joyless economic recovery that’s doing little to spur his re-election hopes.
Scottish Power Ltd. became the fourth energy supplier to raise U.K. prices in two weeks as the ruling Conservative-led coalition was divided on how to address voter anger over utility bills driving up the cost of living.
Britain’s biggest utilities are charging as much “as they can get away with,” the leader of a smaller supplier said in testimony to Parliament that broke ranks with the rest of the industry.
The U.K. sought to calm voter anger over inflation-busting energy prices by studying whether to make market manipulation a criminal instead of a civil offense.
Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg played down divisions in Britain’s coalition government after public disagreements over energy bills and schools.
Scottish Power Ltd., a unit of Iberdrola SA, is planning a 60 million-pound ($94 million) connection program that will link less wind power to the national grid than initially planned.
Millions of U.K. commuters were advised to stay at home today as the worst storm for five years forced rail operators across southern Britain to cancel morning rush-hour services.
The mud, shin deep and soot gray, squelches and tugs at John Murray’s work boots, holding them fast.