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4 May 2012: Activists protest at energy summit
Activists have staged a protest at the UK Energy Summit in London, news outlets have reported. The activists, who include members of climate change groups as well as anti-cuts protestors attempted to disrupt the summit which was attended by the bosses of the ‘Big Six’ energy companies.
Reacting to reports that the summit had been protested, Mark Todd, Director at independent price comparison service Energyhelpline.com said: “Clearly public feeling over rising energy bills is spilling over into anger and people are desperate to make their objections heard.
“While not all energy customers take such extreme action to air their disapproval at rising energy prices, this is symptomatic of the public feeling towards the industry. Consumers are bombarded with messages of bumper profits and rising prices, all while many struggle to afford to heat their homes.
“Households are increasingly being squeezed by rising bills and many feel that the government and Ofgem are not doing enough to regulate the market and keep prices down.
“It’s important to remember that customers can take matters into their own hands and typically cut their bills by around £300 a year by switching supplier. Currently 75% of customers are not active in the switching market and remain on expensive standard tariffs. Protests like this will raise awareness, but only when customers vote with their feet will suppliers really sit up and take notice.”
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