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SSE Airtricity to increase gas prices in Northern Ireland from 1 October

03 September 2021

Price Change Announcement

SSE Airtricity has confirmed today that, following a consultation with the Northern Ireland Utility Regulator, it will increase its natural gas prices by 21.8%. This tariff change means a typical household customer will see an annual increase of £112*, equivalent to around £0.31 per day.

 

The increase announced today comes into effect from 1 October 2021 and will apply to all domestic and small business customers supplied by SSE Airtricity. The utility is revising its prices to reflect the sustained increases in external costs outside of its control, including rising costs in acquiring natural gas on global wholesale energy markets. These costs impact all suppliers in the market as seen in similar announcements already this year.

 

Andrew Greer, SSE Airtricity General Manager (NI) said:

 

"Almost 90% of a customer’s gas tariff is accounted for through Transmission, Distribution and Commodity costs. Over the last year, commodity costs have risen sharply, with the cost of purchasing natural gas on the wholesale market more than doubling since last summer.

 

"These sustained increases are compounded by short supply and robust demand on global markets. Gas storage levels are also severely reduced, almost 30% lower than the same point in 2019 and 2020. All of this combines to put upward pressure on costs which must be reflected in our price change.

 

"We are aware of the impact this increase will have on our customers and this decision has not been taken lightly. SSE Airtricity has a longstanding history of working with our customers and, as we have done in the past, we will look to lower our prices as soon as it possible to do so.

 

"As always, we encourage any customer who is having difficulty with their energy costs to contact us and we will do everything we can to find a solution together. There is also free Independent help and information available from Advice NI who provide a range of impartial services to consumers in Northern Ireland including advice about saving energy."

 

Customers who wish to speak to SSE Airtricity can do so by calling 0345 900 5253

 

Alternatively, independent information can be found here or by calling Advice NI on 0800 111 4455

 

As a regulated gas supplier in Northern Ireland, SSE Airtricity’s tariffs are independently scrutinised and approved by the Utility Regulator, and in consultation with the Consumer Council and the Department for the Economy.

 

* Annual cost is calculated using a typical annual consumption of 12,000kWh. Figures rounded to the nearest Pound value and are inclusive of VAT. Actual costs vary according to meter type, individual tariff and consumption.

 

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SSE Airtricity is a trading name of SSE Airtricity Gas Supply (NI) Limited which is a member of the SSE Group. The Registered Office of SSE Airtricity Gas Supply (NI) Limited is Millennium House, 25 Great Victoria Street, Belfast, BT2 7AQ. Registered in Northern Ireland No. NI032810.

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