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From The Socialist newspaper, 23 September 2009

Energy rip-off

ONCE AGAIN the 'big six' UK energy companies have stuck two fingers up to demands that they reduce the prices charged to consumers.

Ofgem, the toothless energy market regulator, pitifully asked the big six to reduce tariffs in the light of dramatic falls in wholesale energy costs.

Ofgem calculates that lower energy costs will ramp up the big six's profits on each duel-fuel customer by 60 this year.

This is on top of similar profiteering by the energy supply companies over the last few years.

As usual, the energy giants say they are 'victims of market conditions' - despite themselves having sizeable stakes in energy production.

Ofgem bleats that it lacks powers to cap prices but the pro-big business Labour government refuses to give them these powers, or to contemplate a windfall tax on company profits, let alone nationalise the big six.

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