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24th August 2017

SSE Airtricity announces electricity price increase from 1 October

SSE Airtricity, Northern Ireland’s second largest energy supplier, is today announcing a 7.5% increase in its household electricity prices from 1 October 2017.

This is SSE Airtricity’s first electricity price increase for household customers in Northern Ireland for more than four years. It is a result of rises in external costs, including wholesale energy costs which are affected by global energy markets. 

The price change means a typical household customer will see electricity costs rise by around £2.75 per month or around nine pence per day1.

David Manning, Director of Home Energy at SSE Airtricity, said:

“Having consistently delivered price decreases to our customers in recent years today’s decision is not taken lightly and is the result of increasing costs outside of our control.

“Since 2013, we’ve cut electricity prices three times, reducing the average household bill in that period by over £100. At all times we are focused on delivering value and service to our customers and despite this price change, the average SSE Airtricity bill remains £68 cheaper than it was in 2013.”2

1Equivalent cost based on a household electricity customer on 24hr SmartSaver Standard credit meter tariff (Direct Debit with eBilling) with typical annual consumption of 3,200 kWh. Equivalent cost for a household customer on a 24hr KeyPad Standard meter tariff is £2.85 per month. Figures are inclusive of VAT. Actual cost varies according to meter type, individual tariff and consumption.
 
2Combined savings quoted since 2013 based on SSE Airtricity 10.3% (£50.74) electricity price reduction from 1 June 2016; plus 1.3% (£6.72) electricity price reduction 11 January 2016; and 8% (£43.34) electricity price reduction from 1 April 2015. Savings quoted based on 24hr SmartSaver Standard credit meter tariff (Direct Debit with eBilling).