OFGEM must “grow a spine” and cap rip-off power bills, MPs were told.
The call came after the Commons heard the energy regulator has not formally responded to a Government demand it “does its job”.
Energy Secretary Greg Clark told MPs that Ofgem had earlier asked for a new law so it could impose a cap on sky-high standard rate tariffs.
But he added that would be excessive as the regulator already has “extensive powers which allow it to establish a cap on household energy prices”.
He said families were being ripped off by a total of £1.4billion a year.
Former Tory minister John Penrose blasted: “Doesn’t this show Ofgem is miserably failing to stick up for energy customers?
“Will you push it to grow a spine and introduce a cap without delay?”
Mr Clark said: “The ball is in their court. I expect them to do their job and stand up for consumers.”
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