British Gas to raise UK energy tariffs from April 1

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FILE PHOTO: A British Gas sign is seen outside its offices in Staines in southern England

LONDON – Centrica’s British Gas said on Thursday it will raise its standard variable tariff from April 1 in line with energy market regulator Ofgem’s price cap increase.

Earlier this month, Ofgem said it would raise its cap on the most widely used tariffs, which covers around 22 million households, by 54% from April due to the increase in global wholesale gas prices.

British Gas said it will be contacting customers to explain how their bill prices will change.

EDF Energy, owned by France’s EDF, has also said it is increasing prices for its standard variable tariff customers by 54% from April 1.

Soaring wholesale prices over the past year have forced about 30 British energy suppliers to exit the market, with 26 going bankrupt since August 2021. Many of the big utilities have taken on the customers from those failed companies.

On Wednesday, Ofgem announced two short-term measures to help to stabilise the UK energy market to help protect consumers who face a further jump in energy prices from April.

(Reporting by Nina Chestney; editing by David Evans)