Energy Trends and Quarterly Prices

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) produces regular reports on Energy Trends and Quarterly Prices. These provide information about the price of domestic fuels, including average domestic fuel bills broken down by fuel type and payment method.

These reports are available to download from BEIS. These figures below represent UK figures. Specific Scottish figures which are produced annually are also available below [2].

Quarterly energy prices for March 2017 [1] show the following:

For the UK:

• The price paid for all domestic fuels in real terms has fallen by 4.1% in the year to Quarter 4 2016. Between Quarter 4 2015 and Quarter 4 2016, real terms prices including VAT for domestic electricity fell by 2.9% and domestic gas prices fell by 7.2%.

• Average 2016 combined standard electricity and gas bills across all payment types have fallen by £61 (4.7 %) to £1,236. The standard electricity bill increased by £2 (0.4%) since 2015, to £586. Meanwhile, the average 2016 gas bill decreased by £63 (8.9%) since 2015, to £650. These bills are based on standard consumptions of 3,800kWh per year for electricity and 15,000kWh per year for gas.

• The number of domestic electricity and gas switches in Quarter 4 2016, has increased compared to Quarter 4 2015. The number of electricity transfers was 29% higher in Quarter 4 2016, while the number of gas transfers was 26% higher than the same period last year.

For Scotland:

  • The average annual domestic standard gas bill for 2016 decreased for Direct Debit by £74 to £558, whilst Standard Credit and Prepayment bills both decreased by £64 (£635) and £55 (£642) respectively, resulting in an average of £612 across all payment types in real terms.
     
  • The average annual domestic standard electricity bill in Scotland for 2016 decreased for Direct Debit by £9 to £575, while average Standard Credit and Prepayment bills increased by £1 (£575) and £1 (£571) respectively. This results in an average annual electricity bill of £553 across all payment types in real terms.

More information is available by contacting the Energy Prices Analysis Team in DECC. For household energy prices, the current contact is Liz Vincent on 0300 068 5162 or Elizabeth.vincent@decc.gsi.gov.uk


[1] Quarterly Energy Prices, March 2017, BEIS and Office for National Statistics

[2] Annual Domestic Energy Bills, March 2017, BEIS and Office for National Statistics