The likelihood of UK consumers having access to cheap energy by the spring has been reduced with the decision to begin exporting gas to mainland Europe, reports the Guardian.
The ongoing dispute between Russian energy suppliers and Ukraine has affected many additional European countries and Britain has begun exporting gas to help replenish supplies of its continental neighbours. Demand nonetheless remains elevated in the UK due to the freezing temperatures and as a result wholesale costs have risen by a quarter.
An unnamed senior Whitehall figure told the paper: "We would expect the energy companies to be responsible and not use this dispute as an excuse to hold off on the price reductions they have talked about which customers are expecting in the spring."
The UK's major energy suppliers have been criticised for failing to pass on winter reductions in wholesale costs but they have said that springtime price cuts depend on continuing falls in the wholesale market.
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