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Utility Week 13th December 2013

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Seven days... National media Eon lures customers into pricier deals An energy giant fooled customers into signing up for power deals more expensive than their existing contracts, a whistleblower claims. Call centre staff at Eon were allegedly told to trick householders into swapping to them by fiddling their actual gas and electricity usage downwards to produce "moneysaving" offers. The Sunday Mirror Energy firms 'must work with government' Two of the biggest energy companies have spoken out against attacks by politicians. EDF Energy chief Vincent de Rivaz told The Andrew Marr Show: "We should join forces to bear down the costs" of energy. The chairman of Centrica wrote in a newspaper that the "Punch and Judy politics on energy must stop". BBC story by NUMBERS Nuclear opportunity knocks EDF Energy wooed suppliers at a packed conference in London on Monday, but how big is the supply chain opportunity for new nuclear? 29,00041,000 Archbishop of Canterbury summons big six bosses jobs that 16GW of new nuclear could support, according to energy minister Michael Fallon. 57% upper range of contracts for Hinkley Point C that EDF says could go to UK firms. Scottish consumers power bill warning Pro-union politicians and some industry executives and analysts say independence for Scotland could lead to hefty hikes in power bills to cover renewable energy subsidies. The Financial Times 44% contracts the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills says UK plc could win "Shale is not a threat to our climate ambition. It's not an either/or choice between gas and renewables" John Cridland, director general of the CBI 4 | 13th - 19th December 2013 | UTILITY WEEK The Archbishop of Canterbury has summoned the bosses of the big six energy companies for a meeting about fuel poverty and rising energy bills. Archbishop Justin Welby has waded into the debate on rising energy bills and invited the chief executives of the major energy suppliers for a private meeting last Wednesday. SSE chief executive Alistair Philips-Davies snubbed the Archbishop due to "diary commitments" but the company has invited the archbishop "to meet with our team and staff". A spokesperson at SSE added: "SSE understands the pressures on households due to rising energy prices and we are always happy to engage with anyone who wants to get involved in finding ways to €1.26bn Iberdrola's exposure to a retail tariff deficit in Spain, according to Moody's reduce the impact of energy price pressures on customers." The bosses of British Gas, EDF Energy, Eon, Npower, and Scottish Power are all expected to attend the meeting. Npower said: "We would always want to try and engage with the issue [of fuel poverty]. We want to talk about that with the Archbishop of Canterbury, and with any important stakeholder. "While energy is not the usual territory for religious leaders, it is important from a poverty point of view, which is certainly their territory, so it is right to talk." A spokesperson from Lambeth Palace said: "We do not comment on private meetings the Archbishop may or may not be having." MB "Tax cuts for shale gas are a stark comparison to the butchering of Eco" Paul King, chief executive of the UK Green Building Council on the Autumn Statement

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