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
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.