ENERGY provider Bulb could go bust amid industry pressures on surging gas wholesale prices.
Bulb had 1.5million customers last year, which is thought to have risen to as much as 1.7million since, who could all be affected by the company folding.
The Financial Times first reported on Sunday that Bulb was working with financial advisory firm Lazard to help secure new sources of funding.
The newspaper claimed options being explored include raising funds from investors or a potential joint venture or merger with another company.
A Bulb spokesperson said: “From time to time we explore various opportunities to fund our business plans and further our mission to lower bills and lower CO2.
“Like everyone in the industry, we’re monitoring wholesale prices and their impact on our business.”
But the price hikes, caused by post-pandemic demand, have already forced carbon dioxide (CO2) processing plants to shut, leading to the other energy firms going bust.
However ministers have assured that gas supplies won’t be cut off if more are to follow suit.
It has also lead to wholesale costs rising by 250% since January.
As a result of those wholesale hikes, energy regulator Ofgem is increasing the Energy Price Cap to £1,277 from the start of October, adding £139 to the average household bill.
But larger energy firms like Eon have also called on ministers to scrap green levies as a way to ease the pressure on the industry.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng is due to hold further talks with the energy industry and consumer groups on Monday.
Mr Kwarteng has said he is “confident” that the security of energy supplies can be maintained.
The rise in gas prices has been attributed to a range of factors, including a cold winter which left stocks depleted, high demand for liquefied natural gas from Asia and a reduction in supplies from Russia.