|Managing director - Chris Weston.|
Centrica also own Scottish Gas.
|CEO Vincent De Rivaz|
In his spare time, Vincent De Rivaz enjoys photographing the frozen corpses of old age pensioners, (I'm joking, I have no idea if he does that. Please don't sue me like you tried to sue those environmental activists who climbed the chimneys of your power station at West Burton, not that I think you did it to scare off any future protests because as we know; EDF is a fair and responsible* energy supplier.)
I've blogged (irreverently) about EDF before, only click if you have time you don't mind not getting back.
* Daily Mail Online alert.
|CEO Tony Cocker|
E-on were famous earlier this year for a 14.7% jump in profits (to £273m) for the first half of 2013 after it raised prices in January 2013 by 8.7% for dual fuel punters. The profit alluded to above was made by their 'Supply Division', but their UK power generation and oil & gas business saw profits fall sharply, from £399m to £159m. I mean give them a break, they've got to make the short fall up some how right?
E-on haven't announced their price rise yet, charitably, they wait till we're right in the middle of the cold snap to do their robbing.
And no, I'm not saying anything about their CEO's last name.
|CEO Paul Massara|
For example, if your newsagent hiked the price of a Cola Bottle from 1p to 10p then told you - "sorry, its the supplier" - the shop's profit stays the same but the supplier's profit goes up substantially - what you don't see is he is his own supplier.
Last year, npower announced an increase in profits of some 34%, this in the same year they hiked prices for gas by 15.7% and for electricity by 7.2% (although the kind souls dropped the price of gas by 5% at a later date.)
Npower owns nine power stations across England.
|CCO Scottish Power and CEO of Scottish Power Renewables, Keith Anderson|
Remember the newsagent and the Cola Bottles? It would mean he owned the shop, the factory plus the haulage company used to deliver the Cola Bottles and the roads the lorries used. At each stage a profit margin is maintained - all of it compounded then added onto the final bill which eventually ends up with you.
|A Cola Bottle, and its not even fucking fizzy,|
Scottish Power's profits doubled from £350m to £712m in 2012, in October of 2011 they hiked their energy prices by 7%. They also payed their Spanish parent company a dividend of some £890m, looking at Keith there, you begin to get ideas about where to put the vanes on that model turbine.
So far they haven't announced price rises for this year but it seems to be fashionable so brace yourself.
|CEO Alistair Phillip-Davies. No, the image isn't mis-aligned, its just a long picture of APD|
with a white cat in a snow storm to his right.
SSE plc formerly known as Scottish and Southern Energy plc head-quartered in Perth (Scotland, not Australia.) Other brands they own which you might recognise are Southern Electric and Scottish Hydro. With 9.6 million customers they are second only to British Gas who manage to rip off a staggering 20 million domestic and commercial customers.
SSE announced price rises of 8.2% from the 15th of November 2013 and enjoyed pre-tax profits to end of March 2013 of a lung-emptying £1.4 billion - yes, billion - and that was after it paid a record £10.5m OFGEM fine for misleading customers.
There is no white cat in that picture above, its just a middle income family shrouded by a blanket of snow.
But listen, lets not form any unfortunate views, Alistair Phillip-Davies does have a heart. As CEO of SSE he's given his staff energy discount - worth a hefty £144 - to charity. He said it just wasn't worth the bother of the 'pointless criticism'. He went on to say he 'wanted to make SSE as well-loved a brand as John Lewis'.
Aye, you're doing a fine job there right enough...
For an at-a-glance overview on the 'Big Six' click here. Hopefully, being able to put a face to those ripping you off so enthusiastically will offer some form of catharsis. Equally, when you turn on the news and hear of the first pensioners who so feared the thud of a utility bill on the hall carpet they died of exposure or hypothermia - you can look at the images above and wonder about their humanity.
For a not-very-good explanation about Futures Trading (which is why they try to convince us their prices must go up) click here, or not.
Up to you.