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The energy limit schedule increases with bills increasing by 80% in six months

The government has announced new measures to help companies cope with rising energy costs.

Energy bills for businesses, charities and the public sector are to be reduced.

It comes after former Prime Minister Liz Truss announced the Household Energy Price Guarantee, which would ensure no household would pay more than £2,500 in energy bills. However, new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has announced plans to raise the energy price to $4,279 from January 2023.

Ofgem has announced that the energy price cap will increase by 80% in October.

(PA wire)

The proposals come in response to a devastating cost of living crisis that has seen utility bills skyrocket as UK regulator Ofgem continues to announce increases in energy prices.

Here is a timeline of Ofgem’s energy price cap announcements over the last two years:

February 2019

In February 2019, Ofgem announced that the limit would increase from April by £117 to £1,254.

It said the prepayment meter limit would increase by £106.

August 2019

The regulator has announced a reduction in the default tariff ceiling and the prepayment meter.

The default fare has been cut by £75 to £1,179 and the prepayment meter by £25 to £1,217.

Energy bills have skyrocketed in recent months and the worst feared is yet to come

(PA wire)

February 2020

Another decrease was recorded this month by one percent for both metered and tariff limits by one percent.

The default fare dropped to £1,162 while the prepayment meter dropped to £1,200.

August 2020

Ofgem has introduced new lower levels of Typical Electricity Consumption to calculate the annual bill equivalent price cap.

The regulator has announced that the default tariff cap will decrease by seven per cent from £1,126 to £1,042 between October 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021.

From October 1, the default tariff cap also included a new limit level for prepaid meter customers.

Power pylons run across Romney Marsh in Kent from Dungeness Nuclear Power Station

(PA wire)

February 2021

After months of decline, Ofgem has announced that both price caps will increase from April 2021.

The price cap for default tariffs has increased by £96 to £1,138, while prepaid meters have increased by £86 to £1,156.

August 2021

Ofgem has announced that both limits will increase from October 2021.

Default tariff customers would see an increase of £139 to £1,277 and an increase of £153 to £1,306 for prepaid customers.

February 2022

This year saw the biggest jumps in the increase of energy price caps. It started in February with an increase that would affect 22 million customers.

The energy price hikes announced by Ofgem have reached unaffordable amounts in 2022

(PA wire)

The average customer on the default direct debit tariff would see an increase of £693 to £1,971 from April 2022.

For a prepaid customer, an increase of £708 to £2017 was expected.

August 2022 On 26 August it was announced that the energy price cap would increase by £1,578 to £3,549 per year from 1 October 2022 for the average household for direct debit.

That’s an 80 percent increase in payments.

For a prepaid meter, the limit would increase by £1,591 to £3,608.

The shocking increase in the energy price cap sparked a government response after a widespread demand for action. November 2022 On November 24, Chancellor Jeremy Hunt announced that the price cap would increase to $4,279 from January 2023, a record high. This means Ofgem has raised the price cap to 67p a piece for electricity and 17p a piece for gas from January. Experts from energy consultancy Auxilione estimate the new cap will cost the government around £15.1bn to subsidize electricity company household bills between January and March.


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