ScottishPower to jack up energy bills for 900,000…


ScottishPower becomes the fourth big energy supplier to raise prices TWICE this year as it adds 3.7% to bills for 900,000 households

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ScottishPower has become the fourth of the Big Sex energy suppliers to hike bills twice this year, after it announced today its standard variable gas and electricity tariff would go up by by 3.7 per cent.

The power giant said the changes will come into force on October 8 and add an average of £46 a year to the energy bills of 900,000 customers.

The move follows British Gas, EDF and Eon, which each announced second price hikes this summer after raising tariffs earlier in the year in response to higher wholesale costs.

ScottishPower is hiking bills again (Peter Byrne/PA)

ScottishPower is hiking bills again (Peter Byrne/PA)

ScottishPower is hiking bills again (Peter Byrne/PA)

Scottish Power blamed ‘continued increases in wholesale energy costs’ for its second hike of 2018.

Neil Clitheroe, chief executive of ScottishPower’s retail arm, said: ‘We have seen significant increases in wholesale energy costs since April, and, like others in the industry, this means that we need to increase our prices.

‘More than two-thirds of our customers are on fixed-price products or other tariffs not impacted by this price change.

‘Those customers affected by the price change will be contacted and offered the opportunity to move to a fixed-price tariff alternative and avoid this increase.’

The Big Six energy company, which is owned by Spanish multinational Iberdrola, had already increased its standard variable gas and electricity prices for around a third of its customers from June 1, with 950,000 households hit by an average increase of 5.5 per cent.

Supplier SVT Tariff Name Previous SVT price New SVT price Difference
E.ON* E.ON Energy Plan £1,123 £1,208 £85 7.5%
British Gas British Gas Standard Variable Tariff £1,101 £1,205 £104 9.4%
EDF Energy Standard (Variable) £1,142 £1,227 £85 7.4%
Scottish Power Standard £1,147 £1,257 £110 9.6%
npower Standard SC £1,166 £1,230 £64 5.50%
SSE** Standard £1,109 £1,196 £87 7.90%
*E.ON price change represents removal of £15 per fuel paperless and dual fuel discounts **SSE price change includes removal of £6 per fuel paperless discount 
Source: Correct as of July 5 2018       

The latest hike comes just weeks after British Gas said it is raising its standard variable tariff by 3.8 per cent.

Energy regulator Ofgem has also recently increased its price cap on variable tariffs due to rising wholesale prices.

Its safeguard tariff, which protects five million households from overcharging, will go up by £47 per year in October to £1,136.

The watchdog said it was increasing the cap due to rising oil prices, which have fed through to wholesale gas prices.

Beat the energy price hikes: Switch now to save £371 per year

Energy companies take advantage of customer’s inertia, moving you on to expensive out-of-contract deals known as standard variable rate tariffs, once a fixed term deal ends.

These cost much more than their cheapest deals and are vulnerable to price hikes. The average standard variable rate tariff from the big six – EDF, E.On, British Gas, Scottish Power, Npower and SSE – now costs households £1,1 97 per year.

This is hundreds more than they could be paying on the cheapest deals for the same amount of energy used.

The cheapest tariff on the market at the moment in fact costs £857 per year from Usio Energy.

Below is a table showing the cheapest deals on the market at the moment, but you can use your postcode in our energy comparison tool (right) powered by energy helpline, our expert partner service to find the best deal for you.

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By Emma Gunn 

Rank Supplier Plan name Average bill size Tariff type Cancellation fees
1 Usio Energy Green Lite 0.2 £857 Variable .
2 Outfox the Market Zapp! July Tariff (medium consumption) £859 Variable .
3 People’s Energy The People’s Tariff £864 Variable .
4 Solarplicity Solarplicitys 12month Fixed April 2018 £866 Fixed £30.00 per fuel
5 Avro Energy Simple and Glory £870 Fixed .
6 Igloo Energy IGLOO PIONEER £871 Variable .
7 Pure Planet 100% Green £872 Variable .
8 Together Energy Together Fixed April19 £872 Fixed £30.00 per fuel
9 Nabuh Energy Online Tariff Rose (12 month fixed) £883 Fixed .
10 One Select OneSelect Secure WF 12 Month Fixed 2018 £887 Fixed .
Source: Correct as of July 5 2018       


Several energy companies have ramped up prices over the summer, affecting millions of households.

Consumer groups have warned energy customers about the rising tariffs, saying they should switch to a better deal.

Victoria Arrington, a spokeswoman for energyhelpline, said: ‘Consumers can hardly keep up with the tsunami of price hikes this year. This second ScottishPower price rise is yet another bitter pill to swallow for millions of households.’



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