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Npower has been forced to apologise and hand over £1m to vulnerable consumers after its poor customer service led to it being named as the most complained-about energy company.

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You don't have to grin and bear it as your electricity and gas bills keep going up – Martin Hickman shares his tips that could put hundreds of pounds back in your pocket

Co-operative Energy has scaled back a planned price increase

Co-operative Energy reduces price rise ahead of expected green levies axe

Co-operative Energy has scaled back a planned price increase amid expectations that the Government will axe green levies from bills.

Simon Read: E.ON should not punish old people for tariff reforms

Tens of thousands of pensioners face higher gas and electricity bills this winter after the energy giant E.ON decided to scrap a discounted tariff aimed at the over-60s.

The Business Matrix: Thursday 3 October 2013

David Page goes back to pizzas

Firms hang up on cold-calls

Two of the “big six” utility companies, E.on and SSE, have hung up on cold-calling customers.

European slump hits E.ON despite UK price rise

After hitting British households that needed the heating over the long, cold winter with price hikes of up to 9.4%, German energy giant E.ON today showed how much it cashed in, with UK revenues rising 9% to £4.4 billion for just the first half of the year.

Npower's three years of zero corporation tax

Energy boss tells MPs that avoidance is  because of 'simple UK accounting rule'

Heat help scrapped as latest energy rise hits

Households face soaring bills after aid is cut. But critics say carbon tax could help end fuel poverty

'Big Six' energy firms hit more people with demands for hundreds or thousands of pounds due to past undercharging

Fears that the Big Six energy firms are hitting vulnerable people with surprise huge bills for disputed charges were growing tonight, as an increasing number of people reported receiving letters out of the blue demanding hundreds or thousands of pounds due to past undercharging.

E.ON to pay £1.7m out to customers it overcharged

Energy supplier E.ON has been forced to hand over £1.7m to customers after it was caught overcharging.

E.On forced to hand back £1.7m after overcharging

Energy supplier E.ON has been forced to hand over £1.7m to customers after it was caught overcharging.

Ofgem is including E.on in its investigation into doorstep mis-selling of energy

E.On ordered to repay £1.7m to customers after Ofgem finds it guilty of overcharging

Energy company E.ON has been forced to hand over £1.7m to customers after it was caught overcharging.

Mark Leftly: New nuclear's horizons are looking brighter after Japanese intervention

Outlook Only a few days ago, the Government's civil nuclear new-build programme seemed in tatters. Horizon, a venture that plans to build plants in Anglesey and Gloucestershire for £15bn, had been dumped by German owners E.on and RWE as unaffordable; EDF's chief executive Vincent de Rivaz, who at Hinkley Point plans to build the country's first nuclear power station since the 1990s, was warring publicly with sceptical MPs.

Cattle graze in front of British Nuclear Electric's Wylfa Magnox plant in Anglesey, Wales in a 1995 file photo. Japanese energy and engineering company Hitachi has bought Britain's Horizon nuclear project to build four to six new nuclear power stations - and confirmed that it intends to progress with Horizon Nuclear Power's plans to build between two and three new nuclear plants at Wylfa

Rolls-Royce looks to take stake in nuclear power as Hitachi buys Horizon project

Rolls-Royce is talking to Hitachi about becoming an investor in the next generation of nuclear power stations after the Japanese company agreed to buy the Horizon nuclear project for about £700m today.

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