When Jonathan switched to another supplier recently, Powergen discovered an anomaly in its billing - an incorrect reading for the past three years at one of Jonathan's forecourt sites that had been redeveloped and put on a different tariff (on Powergen's advice).
The company wants £35,000 in arrears. When Jonathan first contacted me, I sent him to EnergyWatch which wrote to Powergen in an attempt to negotiate a deal. "Powergen offered a reduction to £29,000 for immediate settlement or keep it at £35,000 and pay over 18 months," says Jonathan. "I thought 'they are bullies'. I'm going to court."
The company has told him the bill is now in the hands of a debt collector and, as a worst case scenario, he could be wound up. His lawyer said he had never heard of such a situation - and then got a similar case in the same week.
I wish I could say this is the first time I've run across anything like this.
As a follow up to Harry Goraya's terrifying bill from EDF that I reported on late last year (November 16), I can add that he has settled it, having borrowed £20,000 to do so, and is now paying an extra £1,800 a month to pay back the rest.