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The dominant electricity supplier in the Western Isles is putting up its standard prices by an average of 14.9%.

SSE said the rise reflects the increasing cost of supplying electricity.

It also blamed government levies applied to bills programmes to subsidise upgrades Britain’s ageing energy infrastructure and low carbon schemes.

Households with a pay-as-you-go meter or on a fixed price energy tariffs are not affected.

Will Morris, SSE’s retail divisions’ managing director, said: “We deeply regret having to raise electricity prices.

“This is the first increase since 2013 and we’ve worked hard to keep them down for as long as possible by cutting our own costs, putting in place a winter price freeze and holding gas prices, but we have seen significant increases in electricity costs which are outside our control.

“Without an increase we would have been supplying electricity to domestic customers at a loss.”

SSE is launching a £5 million fund to provide assistance to those who are struggling with their bills.



SSE customers face 15% electricity price increase

13 March 2017