Energy bills could hit £6,500 as energy boss warns of ‘catastrophic’ winter ahead | The Sun08/23/2022
ENERGY bills could hit an eye-watering £6,500 next year as EDF's boss has warned households are in for a "catastrophic" winter.
Consultancy Auxilione is now predicting energy bills will be set at £6,552 a year when a new price cap rolls out in April next year.
The firm has revised its previous prediction and expects the price cap will be £463 higher than its initial estimate of £6,089.
The gloomier forecast came as Russia said it would run maintenance on a key gas pipeline – the Nord Stream 1 – that connects the country with Germany.
Concerns have been sparked that Russia may not reopen the pipeline in a bid to put pressure on Europe while the war with Ukraine continues.
"The nervousness of the market appears to increase day by day as we edge closer to winter delivery, now just five weeks away, and no big positive news on the horizon," Auxilione said.
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"The planned outages in a week's time have captured the attention of the market and are driving concerns further – as yesterday's market activity demonstrated."
Households will find out on Friday, August 26, exactly what the price cap will be set at in October.
This limits how much suppliers can charge customers for their energy bills – and is set by Ofgem four times a year.
Cornwall Insight has predicted it will be set at £3,579.75 in October.
As cots spiral, EDF's managing director Philippe Commaret warned households are in for a "dramatic and catastrophic winter".
He told BBC Radio 4's Today programme: “In fact, in January half of the UK households might be in fuel poverty."
How to get help with your bills
Unfortunately, there isn't an awful lot you can do to escape rising energy prices.
However, there are always schemes and funds available to hold your hand throughout the price hikes.
For example, there are plenty of energy grants and schemes open to help you out if you're struggling, like the British Gas hardship fund which can lend you up to £1,500 free cash towards bills.
There's also a one-off fuel voucher from your energy supplier if you're on a prepayment meter.
In terms of council funds, the Household Support Fund helps families with the rising cost of living, has been extended.
This help could include cash grants to pay bills or cover food costs – the help will depend on where you live.
For example, residents in Blackpool can get as much as £300, depending on their circumstances.
To find out what support is available in your area, contact your local council.
Make sure to check your bills if your energy supplier went bust and you've been switched over to a new one.
The Sun has previously reported customers have seen payments taken from both their old and new suppliers.
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