Npower to cut energy pricesPower bills to fall from end of April

19 February 2007

 

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Energy giant Npower has confirmed it is cutting gas and electricity bills for its six million domestic customers from the end of April.

The company said gas prices would fall by 16 per cent, with average electricity bills due to fall 3 per cent.

The move comes after British Gas said it would cut gas prices by 17 per cent and electricity bills by 11 per cent from 12 March.

Powergen has also unveiled lower prices for new customers but is yet to announce lower prices for its six million existing customers.

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Npower's Residential Managing Director Kevin Miles said: ‘We provided more protection to our customers during a time of record wholesale prices. Today's announcement confirms npower's commitment to offer value to our customers.’

Other major energy players including Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power are also expected to follow suit with price cuts shortly.

Adam Scorer, Campaigns Director at watchdog Energywatch, welcomed Npower's decision to slash gas bills but criticised the delay until the price cuts come into effect.

He said: ‘The news that Npower is to follow British Gas with a double digit reduction in its gas prices has to be welcome.

‘But with Npower customers having to wait until May for bills to come down this is little more than a distant promise of cheaper gas.’

Price war

Mr Scorer also attacked Npower's 3 per cent reduction in electricity costs as ‘smacking of tokenism’.

He added: ‘Energy consumers wanted and expected a full blown price war, it appears that all they are getting are skirmishes.

‘This promise of jam tomorrow suggests energy companies are failing to grasp that they need to provide their customers with better value if they are going to keep hold of them.’

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