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Un artículo que explica de forma sencilla en que consiste el límite del precio de la energía (energy price cap) que el Partido Conservador quiere aplicar en UK y como significaría casi con total de seguridad el recorte del dividendo de compañías como Centrica o SSE
What does this mean for the big energy companies?
The price cap threat has already wiped billions from the UK’s listed energy suppliers. Earnings at the largest companies, such as British Gas (Centrica) and SSE, could fall as much as 25pc or hundreds of millions of pounds. The hit is predicted to reach full force by 2018 at which time companies may need to rethink dividends in order to protect credit ratings. In order to defend shareholder payouts companies are expected to scaling back on investments and slash jobs in a bid to cut costs.
Who are the Big Six energy companies?
1) British Gas: British Gas is the largest supplier in the UK, servicing more than 11 million homes with gas and 6 million with electricity. It is a subsidiary of the UK-based Centrica group which also owns Scottish Gas.
2) EDF Energy: EDF energy supplies gas and electricity to 6 million homes. It‘s wholly owned by the French national provider EDF SA and is also the largest electricity producer in the UK.
3) E.ON: E.ON provides energy to around 7 million homes and is owned by German E.ON AG. Prior to its 2002 acquisition it was known as Powergen.
4) Npower: Npower provides energy to around 5 million homes. Having begun life as Innogy, it was purchased by German RWE in 2002.
5) Scottish Power: Scottish Power also has around 5 million residential customers. It was acquired by Spanish-based Iberdrola in 2006.
6) SSE: SSE is the second-largest energy supplier with almost 9 million customers. It’s a Scottish-registered company trading on the London Stock Exchange and a major hydro and wind energy producer.
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