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Powergen announces price cuts

Energy giant's bills to fall from end of April


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Energy company Powergen fired another salvo in the sector’s growing price war today after announcing plans to cut prices for six million domestic customers.

The company said the move would make it cheaper than British Gas for electricity, gas and dual fuel customers.

Powergen is cutting gas bills by 16 per cent and electricity bills by 5 per cent but said the lower prices will not come into force until 30 April.

Powergen is the second company to announce lower prices since British Gas first unveiled cuts at the beginning of February, with rival firm npower following suit last week.

Electricity and gas

Powergen said today that the average bill for a dual fuel customer buying both electricity and gas would fall from £1,005 to £913.

The cut makes it £40 cheaper than the £953 announced by British Gas three weeks ago – although British Gas will introduce its new price more than six weeks sooner, on 12 March.

Powergen’s move also matches German-owned npower’s decision to cut gas bills by 16 per cent, but its 5 per cent cut in electricity prices goes further than npower, which said that average electricity bills would fall 3 per cent from April 30.

The company’s announcement today follows the firm’s recent launch of three products guaranteed to be cheaper than British Gas until September 2008, although these were only made available to new customers.

Further cuts

Powergen Managing Director Nick Horler said: ‘We’ve been very aware of the concerns of our customers over rising energy costs in recent years and now the wholesale market appears more stable, we’re pleased to be able to reduce our prices.’

Other power companies such as Scottish and Southern Energy and Scottish Power are also expected to enter the fray with their own price cuts shortly.

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