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1.3 million EDF Energy customers hit by bill hike

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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.

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"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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