In response to Npower’s report in to rising energy bills Which? executive director, Richard Lloyd, said:
“The price we pay for our energy is continuing to rise rapidly and with the average bill now standing at £1420, it’s no surprise that these spiralling costs are consistently one of the top financial worries for hard-pressed consumers.
“Suppliers have often blamed domestic bill increases on rising wholesale costs, but a lack of transparency in the market makes it hard to establish the facts. Government policy is also driving a growing part of our fuel bills and while new, cleaner energy generation is needed, it must be done at the lowest possible price for consumers. People will not be confident they are paying a fair rate for their energy unless all these costs are transparent and given the most robust expert scrutiny.
“The Government and regulator are taking steps to reform the retail energy market and improve efficiency. But more must be done to rebuild trust in the suppliers and keep prices in check. That’s why we want Ministers to commit to an independent review so people can know exactly what is behind their rising energy bills.”