French owner of Scottish nuclear power stations raises UK energy bills for second time this year

The Hunterston B nuclear power station.
The Hunterston B nuclear power station.

The mostly-nuclear power company EDF Energy is raising its prices for UK dual fuel customers by 6% from August, which will add £70 a year to the average bill.

The French-owned state corporation said wholesale fuel prices have risen 13% since April, when it last raised prices.

Then, it imposed a 2.7% increase in electricity prices, which left dual fuel customers paying 1.4% more.

EDF is the second of the “big six” energy suppliers to raise prices for the second time this year. It owns and operators the two Scottish nuclear power stations at Hunterson and at Torness, and six more in England.

E.On started off this new round of price rises in the middle of June when it imposed a 4.8% price rise – an average of £55 a year – for its dual fuel customers.

Citizens Advice Scotland energy spokesman Craig Salter commented: “Two price increases in four months will come as a major blow to households who are struggling to pay their energy bills. Spiralling energy costs are driving fuel poverty, and those who are least able to pay are being hit the hardest.  

“With so many price rises coming from all suppliers, it’s easy for people to become numb to these dramatic increases – particularly with the hot weather and many people not needing to turn on their heating at the moment. But it is important that consumers are made aware of these increases, and are encouraged to shop around and switch to cheaper deals. “

6 Jul 2018

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