The demise of two additional energy organizations has been verified as the surge in wholesale gas charges this year drives up charges for providers and households alike.
Sky News experienced discovered on Tuesday that up to four suppliers were in talks with the regulator about moving into its Provider of Past Resort (SOLR) system.
Pure Planet and Colorado Vitality claimed they experienced ceased buying and selling on Wednesday night and Ofgem afterwards verified their respective client bases would be allocated a new provider in the coming days.
BP-backed Pure Earth, which has 235,000 households on its books, ran into issues when the electrical power large refused supplemental funding.
Colorado Vitality had just 15,000 buyers.
The regulator’s statement stated: “Less than Ofgem’s safety net, customers’ energy provide will continue and funds that domestic consumers have paid out into their accounts will be shielded, the place they are in credit rating.
“Domestic prospects will also be secured by the electrical power cost cap when becoming switched to a new supplier.
“Consumers of these suppliers will be contacted by their new provider, which will be decided on by Ofgem.”
The demise of Pure World and Colorado implies that 14 modest suppliers have collapsed this 12 months – 11 of them more than the past 6 weeks.
They have been damage by enterprise designs that expose them to around-expression delivery contracts for uncooked power which have shot up – by far more than 500% at one particular stage this year – since of a range of pressures on source Europe-wide.
They incorporate gasoline storage shortages after a cold end to past wintertime and rigid levels of competition from Asia to replenish stocks.
In the British isles, inadequate weather circumstances for wind era have raised desire and a hearth at a electric power interconnector with France in Kent final month are also contributory aspects.