By Daniel Hunter

British Gas, Britain’s biggest energy supplier, has today (Friday) begun notifying its customers that it will raise domestic gas and electricity prices by an average of 6% on 16 November 2012.

As a result, annual dual fuel bills for British Gas customers with average consumption will increase by around £80. The reason behind the rise is, according to British Gas, a higher wholesale market for gas this winter, up 13% on last year.

British Gas knows that this £1.50 per week average increase will be unwelcome news for customers, but the company is facing rising wholesale prices, as well as higher costs to upgrade the national grid, and to deliver the Government’s policies for a clean, energy-efficient Britain.

“We know that household budgets are under pressure and this £1.50 per week rise will be unwelcome,” British Gas Managing Director, Phil Bentley, said.

“However, we simply cannot ignore the rising costs that are largely outside our control, but which make up most of the bill.

“Britain’s North Sea gas supplies are running out, and British Gas has to pay the going rate for gas in a competitive global marketplace. Furthermore, the investment needed to maintain and upgrade the national grid to deliver energy to our customers’ homes, and the costs of the Government’s policies for a clean, energy efficient Britain are all going up.

“We need an energy efficiency culture in Britain today; rising prices don’t have to mean rising bills. We are offering a huge amount of help to customers to help them cut the amount of energy they use and keep their bills under control.”

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