A clean energy investment fund run by former US vice-president Al Gore has bought a 13% stake in British energy company Octopus in a deal worth £438m.
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It means the supplier is now valued at £3.36bn, which is more than the owner of British Gas, Centrica, at £3.28bn.
The agreement comes after several UK energy suppliers have gone bust due to soaring wholesale prices making price promises to customers undeliverable.
Octopus is to use the cash injection to boost its green energy production.
Mr Gore's firm, Generation Investment Management, will initially make an investment of £219m, followed by a further £219m by June next year, subject to certain conditions, Octopus said.
The founder and chief executive of Octopus, Greg Jackson, told the BBC's Today programme that he believed Mr Gore was looking to invest in the "changes that we need to see in the energy system globally".
"After all, if we had more renewables here in the UK prior to the recent fossil fuel price crisis, we wouldn't be seeing such high prices for energy," he said.
Recent rises in wholesale gas prices have hit the UK energy market hard, with the country now having around 30 suppliers, compared to more than 70 in 2018. Seven smaller firms have collapsed since the start of August alone.
Over the weekend, Octopus, the UK's fifth largest energy supplier, announced it was taking on 580,000 customers from collapsed supplier Arvo Energy, after it was appointed by the regulator Ofgem.