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1.3 million EDF Energy customers hit by bill hike


The bills of 1.3 million EDF Energy customers are to go up by 1.4% from June this year.

The Big Six energy provider said households on its standard variable electricity tariff would be affected and see their bills go up by £16 a year to £1,158.

Charges for customers who pay with cash or by cheque will also rise by £6 a year.

This means customers on a dual fuel standard variable tariff choosing to pay by these means will see a combined increase of £28 a year to £1,248.

EDF blamed "significant" rising wholesale and Government policy costs since last summer for the hike – just as British Gas did earlier this week when it announced an average 5.5% price hike impacting 4.1 million of its dual fuel customers.

The French-owned energy firm also pointed to the costs of installing smart meters as a reason for the change.

The firm said: "EDF Energy continues to face pressures with energy, policy and the costs of installing smart meters all increasing significantly since last summer.

"Ofgem found that costs have risen by an average of more than £57 over the previous six months when they reviewed and increased the level of the prepayment and safeguard tariff caps in February."

EDF said 59% of its customers – on a fixed tariff, or who have a Direct Debit gas only account, a safeguard tariff or prepayment meter – will not be affected by the price hilke.

Households impacted by the change will be encouraged to switch to a fixed price tariff or to pay by Direct Debit to save on their bills.

Beatrice Bigois, EDF Energy's managing director of customers, said: "We know that price rises are not welcome and we have worked to offset rising energy and policy charges by cutting our own costs.

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"However, these rising costs mean we will be increasing our standing charge for electricity… affecting around 40% of our customers."

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