Le secrétaire aux affaires et le régulateur de l'énergie conviennent que le plafonnement des prix devrait « rester en place »

Le secrétaire aux affaires et le régulateur de l'énergie conviennent que le plafonnement des prix devrait « rester en place »
It comes after Kwasi Kwarteng said there would be no bailout for energy firms that go to the wall amid rising gas prices.

Energy companies and the Gouvernement agreed the energy price cap must “remain in place” during crunch talks to find a solution to record gas costs.

Secrétaire d'entreprise Kwasi Kwarteng held a crisis meeting with the industry before announcing to the Commons that ministers would not be bailing out energy firms and that the energy price cap would be “staying”.

Dans une déclaration commune publiée tard lundi soir, Mr Kwarteng and Ofgem chief executive Jonathan Brearley confirmed they had taken a unified position over the price ceiling continuing.

“Central to any next steps is our clear and agreed position that the energy price cap will remain in place," ils ont dit.

M. Kwarteng avait précédemment déclaré aux députés que le plafond sauve 15 millions de foyers jusqu'à 100 £ par an, ajouter: “It’s not going anywhere.”

It comes as the Daily Telegraph reported that some companies present at the meeting – attended by the likes of Scottish Power, Poulpe, E.ON and EDF – called for the cap to be scrapped amid fears more firms could collapse, with four having already gone bust.

Some analysts have reportedly predicted the UK’s energy companies could be drastically reduced over the coming months, leaving as few as 10 if the gas crisis continues.

The energy price cap, following a review in August, is already set to rise.

From October 1, those on default tariffs paying by direct debit face an increase of £139, rising from £1,138 to £1,277.

Prepayment customers will see a higher increase of £153, taking their annual bill from £1,156 to £1,309, according to Ofgem data.

Behind the call for industry support are surging wholesale gas prices which have increased by 250% since January, avec un 70% augmenter depuis le seul mois d'août, leading to the demise of some smaller energy firms.

The soaring prices show no sign of abating, avec Bloomberg reporting the UK natural gas wholesale price had settled at its highest ever closing price on Monday.

Addressing MPs, Cabinet minister Mr Kwarteng said there needed to be an acceptance that gas prices “could be high for longer than people anticipate”.

But he called fears of a three-day working week “alarmist”, ajouter: “There is absolutely no question of the lights going out or people being unable to heat their homes.”

Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng (Victoria Jones/AP)

Energy suppliers are understood to be privately talking to the Government about backing loans or a “bad bank”’ style solution to a potential collapse in dozens of energy companies.

La hausse des prix du gaz a été imputée à un certain nombre de facteurs, dont un hiver froid qui a épuisé les stocks, forte demande de gaz naturel liquéfié en provenance d'Asie et réduction des approvisionnements en provenance de Russie.

The hike has caused fresh problems for supermarkets already dealing with a lorry driver shortage as warnings emerged about the potential for shortages on the shelves as the knock-on effect of the gas price rise ripples through the economy.

Les producteurs ont averti que l'approvisionnement en viande, la volaille et les boissons gazeuses pourraient toutes être touchées en raison d'une pénurie de dioxyde de carbone.

It follows the shutting down of two large fertiliser plants in Teesside and Cheshire – which produce CO2 as a by-product – with the owners citing the increase in gas prices.

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