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Electricity Prices

Volume 14: debated on Tuesday 8 December 1981

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asked the Secretary of State for Energy how electricity prices to large industrial consumers in the United Kingdom have increased in 1981 compared with other European countries.

The recent report by the National Economic Development Council's energy task force indicated that since January electricity tariff increases had been higher in almost all other European countries. Actual increases depend on the consumer's pattern of consumption. The following are the percentages increases between 2 January and 1 October 1981 for consumers, in such industries as chemicals, glass, paper and textiles, with maximum demands of 2500kW and 60 per cent. load factor as indicated by the figures in tables 12 and 12A of the NEDC report:

percentage increase
in p/kWhin local currency
England and Wales88
Belgium2010
France2214
Germany (RWE)187
Italy2522
Netherlands3121