Energy: Prices

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 12th November 2010.

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Photo of Adrian Sanders Adrian Sanders Liberal Democrat, Torbay

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what recent estimate he has made of the average (a) gas and (b) electricity bill in each nation and region of the UK.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Price data and therefore bill data, broken down for the nations and regions, are not available for industrial and other non-domestic consumers.

For the domestic sector, data on energy prices are published by DECC in Quarterly Energy Prices:

Copies of DECC's Quarterly Energy Prices are also available in the House of Commons Library.

Domestic bills are available on a national and regional basis. Electricity prices for England and Wales are not available separately, as data are collected by Public Electricity Supply (PES) area, and some of these areas straddle the England/Wales border. DECC does not publish average gas price and bill data for Northern Ireland, as gas is not widely available.

Data for the nations

For 2010, average provisional bills for gas and electricity for domestic consumers were as follows:

Electricity (bill based on annual consumption of 3,300 kWh)
Standard credit Direct debit Pre-payment
England and Wales 437 394 441
Scotland 458 413 478
Northern Ireland 496 456 483
Gas (bill based on annual consumption of 18,000 kWh)
Standard credit Direct debit Pre-payment
England and Wales 684 633 688
Scotland 674 620 690
Wales 674 635 682

Regional data

Data by PES region for electricity and by LDZ (Local Distribution Zone) region for gas are published in Quarterly Energy Prices tables 2.2.3 and 2.3.3 respectively.

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