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Energy: Prices

Volume 488: debated on Wednesday 25 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change whether Ofgem has received notifications from energy supply companies of intentions to reduce domestic energy prices since British Gas last reduced its prices to domestic consumers. (253911)

Ofgem had anticipated moves to reduce prices prior to British Gas’ announcement and expects further moves from other suppliers. Scottish and Southern Electricity plc has already announced that it will reduce its prices for domestic gas and electricity customers on 30 March 2009, and E.On has also made an announcement. However, there is no legal requirement for suppliers to share details of price movements with the regulator prior to their being announced publicly.

From February, Ofgem will publish the first of its quarterly reports showing the relationship between wholesale energy costs and retail prices, which should improve transparency for customers.

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what estimate he has made of the average cost of household energy in each of the last 10 years in each (a) Government Office region, (b) local authority area and (c) constituency. (257601)

DECC does not hold billing information by Government office region, local authority or constituency.

However, DECC does hold information on the average annual gas and electricity bills a household is likely to incur in each PES (public electricity supplier) area and gas LDZ (local distribution zone). These bills are based on standard consumption levels of 3,300 kWh for electricity and 18,000 kWh for gas for customers paying their bill on receipt(standard credit). As the PES and LDZ regions do not exactly match data for electricity and gas are shown separately.

Average annual electricity bills1 for standard credit customers from 1998 until 2008

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

East Midlands

261

254

240

233

228

228

239

266

321

372

396

Eastern

263

251

241

230

227

226

231

262

316

368

393

London

263

258

252

246

244

249

252

288

339

371

392

Merseyside and North Wales

280

278

271

261

260

261

274

286

357

396

422

North East

287

284

264

253

253

250

256

288

341

402

429

North West

260

257

249

239

237

235

243

270

327

380

407

Northern Ireland

326

326

308

317

325

325

329

338

360

377

394

Northern Scotland

280

277

272

266

271

275

291

304

338

380

401

South East

258

251

243

235

235

241

243

280

328

360

383

South Wales

304

297

285

282

281

283

292

315

364

403

422

South West

280

274

271

266

264

269

273

308

362

395

420

Southern

257

255

254

253

254

255

264

285

335

368

380

Southern Scotland

273

272

268

267

266

266

286

316

369

408

425

West Midlands

253

252

245

239

237

238

247

279

333

391

414

Yorkshire

256

252

250

241

239

239

248

279

335

396

417

UK

269

264

257

250

249

250

257

285

338

383

405

1 For consumption of 3,300 kWh per annum

Average annual gas bills1 for standard credit customers from 1998 until 2008

1998

1999

2000

2001

2002

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

East Midlands

316

303 -

292

290

309

312

331

383

473

552

572

Eastern

318

305

296

291

309

321

332

383

474

551

575

London

318

305

295

293

309

320

334

388

480

556

572

North East

309

304

294

290

309

318

332

385

474

557

563

North West

314

304

295

294

312

317

330

383

474

555

578

Northern

315

301

290

292

312

319

333

380

468

553

564

Scotland

313

307

297

294

311

320

332

384

469

547

563

South East

314

305

296

295

311

324

333

387

478

554

572

South West

312

306

299

297

312

322

334

389

478

554

571

Southern

316

307

299

296

311

322

336

390

472

547

565

Wales

313

297

291

291

306

318

335

391

460

534

553

West Midlands

317

307

297

296

313

324

333

389

480

556

571

Great Britain

315

305

295

293

310

320

333

386

474

552

570

1 For consumption of 18,000 kWh per annum