Gas bills set to double warns BG chief

Consumers could end up paying double for their gas bill in the next few years, according to British Gas chairman Jake Ulrich. Links to the rising price of oil and an increasing reliance on gas imports are being blamed for the steep rises.

A report for Centrica, the owner of British Gas, says energy bills could soar by as much as 60% over the next two years. It warns the average annual gas bill could reach £1000 soon after 2010. It adds that rising oil prices and declining output from the North Sea means there will be an impact across consumers and businesses.

Ulrich also indicated that gas prices are likely to rise before the winter. All six major energy firms have already raised prices this year by an average of 15%. But there are fears that many will raise prices at least once more before the end of 2008.

The report warns that consumers will have to get used to permanently high prices. Ulrich says people will be “hit hard” and will adjust their behaviour, lowering the temperature they keep their house at and being more aware of energy waste.

Latest from Marketing Week


Access Marketing Week’s wealth of insight, analysis and opinion that will help you do your job better.

Register and receive the best content from the only UK title 100% dedicated to serving marketers' needs.

We’ll ask you just a few questions about what you do and where you work. The more we know about our visitors, the better and more relevant content we can provide for them. And, yes, knowing our audience better helps us find commercial partners too. Don't worry, we won't share your information with other parties, unless you give us permission to do so.

Register now


Our award winning editorial team (PPA Digital Brand of the Year) ask the big questions about the biggest issues on everything from strategy through to execution to help you navigate the fast moving modern marketing landscape.


From the opportunities and challenges of emerging technology to the need for greater effectiveness, from the challenge of measurement to building a marketing team fit for the future, we are your guide.


Information, inspiration and advice from the marketing world and beyond that will help you develop as a marketer and as a leader.

Having problems?

Contact us on +44 (0)20 7292 3703 or email

If you are looking for our Jobs site, please click here