Don't be silly. The vital service of energy provision was privatised so that competition from new entrants to the market would keep prices down. You don't think that gas companies will refuse to build storage facilities in the UK, which would enable them to buy gas when the spot price is low and ensure continuity of supply, just so that they can inflate their prices when gas is in short supply, as it was a month or so ago when some manufactureres were put on reduced supplies, do you?
you would expect the people who run the business to make a profit, so they could pay you a dividend. The duty of a company director is to act in good faith to promote the success of the company for the benefit of its members - the members being the shareholders, the people who own the business.
And here's me thinking that successful, profitable companies, that pay tax on profits, have money from profits to invest, pay returns to investors (which are often pension funds in large companies like this), and give employment to people - are what the country needs more than anything.
As opposed to state subsidised industries, operated on the whim of each government, often controlled by ministers who wouldn't know how to run a company if it bit them on the bum, starved of investment, with feather-bedded workers, over powerful unions, and no competition.
If there were no profitable companies, there would be no public sector at all - because there would be no government income.
The pipeline to delivery gas to the UK from Norway is the longest undersea pipeline in the world. I imagine it cost a fair amount of beer tokens to install.
Insulating your home properly, turning rads off in unused rooms, turning the boiler stat down a little & the room stat can save you lots in the cold months. Making sure your boiler is always working to it's full efficiency by regular servicing, all can make it so you are using far less gas than you were 10 years ago.