26 February 2021
SSE Airtricity is today announcing that it is to increase its standard household energy prices from 1 April 2021. The move is in response to rises in external costs including networks transmission and market charges. These costs affect all energy suppliers and are outside of their control.
This price change means that the standard price of electricity will increase by 6.2% or €1.21 per week while the standard price of gas will rise by 4.5% or €0.62 per week. A typical household dual fuel bill will increase by 5.5% on average or €1.84 per week.
This will be the first time SSE Airtricity has increased prices since 2018 and follows a price reduction last summer and prize freeze through winter. Customers on SSE Airtricity’s most popular dual fuel tariff will continue paying less for their energy than they were at this time last year and today’s announcement comes at a time when energy consumption drops due to brighter days and warmer weather.
David Manning, Director of Home Energy at SSE Airtricity, said:
"Pass-through charges are outside our control and unfortunately have increased considerably - including electricity network and market charges.
"With our winter price freeze we did everything we could to minimise the effect of these increases on customers and, as we have done in the past, we will pass on any future decreases as soon as we can.
“SSE Airtricity has a longstanding history of supporting our customers and the communities in which we operate. Throughout the pandemic we have worked hard to help our customers including payment plans, a moratorium on disconnections and our community fund support. As always, we’d encourage anyone who needs help with their energy bills to contact us and we will work with you to find a solution together.”