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U.K. Energy Firms Get Billions to Take Clients of Failed Rivals

  • Ofgem allocates compensation to suppliers of last resort
  • Octopus receives 681 million pounds for taking Avro customers
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A U.K. regulator has approved 1.8 billion pounds ($2.4 billion) of claims to compensate energy companies for taking on millions of customers left stranded as dozens of rival suppliers went bust.

About 24 household suppliers have collapsed since early August as wholesale gas prices soared and the energy regulator’s price cap limited the costs that could be passed on to consumers. The claims granted by Ofgem relate mainly to the additional wholesale energy costs absorbed by companies that took on customers under its Supplier of Last Resort process.