Two more energy suppliers have gone bust in gas price crisis



Two more UK energy suppliers have gone bust bringing the total to 11 firms since the start of September.

Customers of Pure Planet and Colorado Energy will be automatically transferred to another supplier by Ofgem.

Pure Planet supplies gas and electricity to around 235,000 domestic customers and Colorado Energy supplies gas and electricity to around 15,000 domestic customers.

Domestic customers will also be protected by the energy price cap when being switched to a new supplier.

Customers of these suppliers will be contacted by their new supplier, which will be chosen by Ofgem.

Ofgem’s advice to affected customers in the meantime is to:

  • Wait until a new supplier has been appointed and you have been contacted by them in the following weeks before looking to switch to another energy supplier.
  • Take a meter reading ready for when your new supplier contacts you.
  • This will make the process of transferring customers over to the chosen supplier, and honouring any funds that domestic customers have paid into their accounts, where they are in credit, as smooth as possible.

In recent weeks there has been an unprecedented increase in global gas prices which is putting financial pressure on suppliers. Ofgem is working closely with government and industry to make sure customers continue to be protected this winter.

Neil Lawrence, Director of Retail at Ofgem, said: “Ofgem’s number one priority is to protect customers. We know this is a worrying time for many people and news of a supplier going out of business can be unsettling.

“I want to reassure affected customers that they do not need to worry: under our safety net we’ll make sure your energy supplies continue. If you have credit on your account the funds you have paid in are protected and you will not lose the money that is owed to you.

“Ofgem will choose a new supplier for you and while we are doing this our advice is to wait until we appoint a new supplier and do not switch in the meantime. You can rely on your energy supply as normal. We will update you when we have chosen a new supplier, who will then get in touch about your tariff.

“Any customer concerned about paying their energy bill should contact their supplier to access the range of support that is available.”

Co-founders of the BP-backed supplier Pure Planet, Andrew Ralston, Chris Alliott and Steven Day said: “We are heartbroken that Pure Planet has entered the Supplier of Last Resort (SoLR) process due to the global energy crisis and the way it has impacted the GB supply market.

“The Government’s price cap, while protecting consumers from sky-rocketing global wholesale energy prices, is not matched by anything which protects suppliers.

“Instead suppliers are being asked to fund the difference between the record costs of wholesale energy and what they are allowed to sell it for to consumers.

“Suppliers are increasingly unable to cover their costs.

“Too many have gone bust already, and more will in the future unless something changes.”

It comes after Igloo, Symbio and Enstroga ceased trading on September 29, affecting a combined 233,000 domestic customers.

They followed the failures of People’s Energy, Green Supplier Ltd, Utility Point, PfP Energy, MoneyPlus Energy, and Avro Energy, affecting almost 1.5 million more householders.

Ofgem has also said several more players in the sector have not paid into various funds and could have their licences revoked if they do not cough up.

The chaos in the sector comes amid warnings Britons could see their energy bills rise by 30% next year.

Research agency Cornwall Insight has predicted further volatile gas prices and the potential collapse of even more suppliers could push the energy price cap to about £1,660 in summer.

The forecast is approximately 30% higher than the record £1,277 price cap set for winter 2021-22, which commenced at the start of October.

Ofgem reviews the price cap once every six months, and changes it based on the cost that suppliers have to pay for their energy, cost of policies and operating costs, among other things.

Andy Prendergast, GMB national officer, said: “Two more energy companies have gone bust today – and they will not be the last.

“The UK’s free-for-all energy market is not working. It’s failing consumers, workers and the planet.

“We need more regulation, a cohesive strategy and a rethink of the price cap or we will see more and more businesses going to the wall.”





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