EDF Energy Price Rise – Energy Action Scotland Reaction

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ISSUED DATE: 12 April 2017

EDF Energy Price Rise – Energy Action Scotland Reaction

It will be a case of ‘deja-vu’ for many customers of EDF Energy as the company puts its prices up for the second time in a matter of months.

Customers on its standard variable tariffs will see increases come in soon ranging from 5.5 per cent for gas to 9 per cent for electricity.

However, EDF had already made price changes recently with an electricity price increase of 8.4 per cent on 1 March but a gas price cut of 5.2 per cent in January.

As a result, the combined effect of both sets of price changes mean that a dual fuel direct debit customer will now have a price increase of 8.5 per cent.

But the national fuel poverty charity Energy Action Scotland is most concerned that yet again customers reliant on electricity for heating as well as other power use are experiencing the biggest rises in price. For households living off the mains gas grid, this will be another increased burden on their living expenses.

For people budgeting carefully to make ends meet, this new set of increases will make life harder and cause real anxiety.

The rebate being offered to vulnerable customers will help but the impact of these increases will be on-going.

EDF are also taking steps to encourage customers to review their arrangements and to move off standard variable tariffs and on to fixed rates and direct debit in order to maximise savings and it is right that they are offering customers advice on this as it is important that the choices made are right for each customer’s circumstances.

Norman Kerr, Director of Energy Action Scotland said: “This year the Scottish Government is reviewing its fuel poverty strategy and so it has a major opportunity to set out plans for how it will make real in-roads into the problem of cold, damp and unaffordable to heat homes.

“Right now the Scottish Government is consulting on its energy strategy and we believe it is important that the new strategy takes full cognisance of the need to reduce energy demand as much as how to meet existing demand for energy in Scotland.

“Government at all levels needs to consider carefully how best to make domestic energy bills more affordable.”

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For further information contact:

Elizabeth Gore, PR Manager or Norman Kerr, Director at Energy Action Scotland on tel: 0141 226 3064

Background information:

1. Energy Action Scotland is the national charity which campaigns to end fuel poverty and works to promote warm, dry homes for all. Website: www.eas.org.uk

2. There are currently around 748,000 households (30.7 per cent) in fuel poverty in Scotland (source: Scottish House Condition Survey).

3. Fuel poverty is the inability to afford adequate warmth in the home, defined as needing to pay more than 10 per cent of income on energy costs.

4. The main causes of fuel poverty are poor energy efficiency of the home, high domestic fuel prices and low household income.