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E.On latest energy firm to increase prices

E.On's announcement today is the latest in price hikes from energy firms:

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E.On: 'Difficult decision to increase prices'

We have held back from increasing our prices for as long as we possibly could and at the same time have worked hard to reduce our own costs as a business so that our customers can get the best price possible. However, some 16 months after our last price increase, and almost a year since we actually cut our electricity prices, we have had to make the difficult decision to increase our prices.

In the next few days every customer affected by this price change will receive a letter from us explaining the detail behind this announcement. Wherever we can, we will include the likely impact on the customer's own bill.

– Tony Cocker, E.ON Chief Executive

uSwitch.com welcomes Ofgem ruling

Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at uSwitch.com, said:

This announcement is very welcome. Ofgem and E.ON are taking a good and sensible approach which will ensure that customers are not left out of pocket.

It’s also good that more vulnerable households will benefit from the goodwill gesture being made to the consumer fund that E.ON runs in partnership with Age UK. Today’s announcement also sends a very timely reminder to consumers that if they are unhappy about their supplier increasing its prices they are free to switch to a better deal.

Suppliers now have to give you 30 days’ notice and you will not incur exit fees or the higher charges as long as you let your supplier know that you are leaving during this timeframe.

With some announced price rises yet to come into effect, consumers can still enjoy this window of opportunity.

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E.ON 'very sorry to have let down customers'

E.ON's customer service director, David Bird, said:

We are very sorry to have let down some of our former customers and have made clear that we will refund the money plus interest. Our systems are being updated to ensure this mistake can never happen again.

We've been open in our failure with the energy regulator, Ofgem, and are pleased to have agreed with them how we can put this right and have identified all customers who are due to receive payment from us in January.

Ofgem: E.ON compensation is 'positive step'

Sarah Harrison, Ofgem's senior partner in charge of enforcement, said:

Ofgem has put in place protections for consumers so they can get a fair warning if their supplier puts up prices and time to shop around for a better deal.

E.On has accepted it failed to meet these protections. Today's announcement that E.On will compensate customers is a positive step by the company to put right their mistakes and is welcome.

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