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 December 2016 [1] show the following:

For the UK:

  • The price paid for all domestic fuels in real terms has fallen by 4.5% in the year to Quarter 3 2016. Between Quarter 3 in 2015 and Quarter 3 in 2016, real terms prices including VAT for domestic electricity fell by 1.9% and domestic gas prices fell by 7.6%
     
  • Average 2016 combined standard electricity and gas bills across all payment types have fallen by £60 (4.6%) to £1,237. The standard electricity bill increased by £2 (0.4%) since 2015, to £586. This bill is based on a standard consumption of 3,800kWh per year for electricity.
     
  • The average 2016 gas bill decreased by £62 (8.7%) since 2015, to £652. This bill is based on a standard consumption of 15,000kWh per year.
     
  • The number of domestic electricity and gas switches in Quarter 3 2016, has increased compared to Quarter 3 2015. The number of electricity transfers was 24% higher in Quarter 3 2016, while the number of gas transfers was 14% higher than the same period last year.

For Scotland:

  • The average annual domestic standard gas Direct Debit bill for 2015 decreased by £34 to £630, whilst Standard Credit and Prepayment bills both decreased by £36 (£697) and £31 (£695) respectively, resulting in an average of £674 across all payment types in real terms.
     
  • The average annual domestic standard electricity Direct Debit bill for 2015 decreased by £8 to £521, while average Standard Credit bills decreased by £4 to £572 and average Prepayment bills decreased by £3 to £568. This results in an average 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, December 2016, BEIS and Office for National Statistics

[2] Annual Domestic Energy Bills, June 2016, BEIS and Office for National Statistics