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ScottishPower price changes in 2021

ScottishPower price changes in 2021

Find out how ScottishPower's energy prices have changed in 2021 and what it means for you.

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ScottishPower price rise in 2021

All energy suppliers operating in the UK are subject to Ofgem's energy price cap, and ScottishPower is no exception. The cap rate sets the maximum price suppliers can charge for average use on their standard variable or default tariffs. These are typically the most expensive type of tariff on offer.

In February 2021, Ofgem announced it could be increasing its price cap rate from April 2021. After this date, the maximum cost for average usage on a standard variable tariff is set at £1,138 per year.

In March 2021, ScottishPower announced it would be raising prices on its Standard tariff by 9% in line with the new price cap. This price rise will come into effect from 1 April and will mean an average £96 increase in bills.

The ScottishPower price rise will only affect customers on the supplier's Standard tariff. If you are on a fixed tariff from ScottishPower or any other energy supplier, the price youy pay per unit of energy will remain fixed until the plan ends. Once your plan comes to an end, it's likely your supplier will automatically place you on its standard variable tariff, which could increase your bills if you don't switch to a cheaper deal.

Previous price changes from ScottishPower

In August 2020, ScottishPower announced a 7% price drop for its Standard tariff customers, in line with a reduction in the price cap level. This change came into effect from October 2020 and reduced the bills of Standard tariff customers by an average of £84 per year.

In March 2020, also in reaction to a cut in the price cap, ScottishPower prices were cut by 1% for Standard tariff customers.

What should I do about the price change?

You are only affected by the price announcement if you are on ScottishPower's standard plan. This price drop will have impacted about a third of ScottishPower's customers.

Do I need to do anything about the ScottishPower price rise?

All customers on a ScottishPower Standard tariff will be impacted by this price rise, and you will start to see higher energy bills from April 2021.

If the ScottishPower price rise affects you, you can shop around for a cheaper energy deal and switch before the higher prices come into effect.

Standard plans are usually suppliers' most expensive tariffs. If you are on your suppliers' standard tariff, then you should be looking to save on your energy bill, and run a energy comparison against all plans and suppliers to find the best deal for you.

Here's a list of the latest cheap energy deals you can compare and switch to with Uswitch:

Supplier Plan name Tariff type Price
E.ON Next Next Exclusive v5 Fixed for 12 months £1004 Compare now
Pure Planet 100% Green 12m Fixed Apr21 v1 Fixed for 12 months £1006 Compare now
OVO Energy Better Smart Fixed for 12 months £1006 Compare now
British Gas Evolve Energy Plus Home Protection v14 Fixed for 13 months £1011 Compare now
Avro Energy Simple and USurge12M Fixed for 12 months £1011 Compare now
Shell Energy Energy June 2022 v6 Fixed until 30 Jun 2022 £1014 Compare now
So Energy So Cedar Essential – Green Fixed for 12 months £1019 Compare now
Octopus Energy Octopus Exclusive 12M Fixed Fixed for 12 months £1033 Compare now
SSE Online Energy v11 Fixed for 12 months £1036 Compare now
ScottishPower Super Saver April 2022 B1 Fixed until 30 Apr 2022 £1053 Compare now

Based on average bill sizes for a medium energy user on a dual fuel plan paying by monthly direct debit, and averaged across all regions. This information is updated hourly with energy plans which are available to switch to through Uswitch. To appear in this table, plans must be available in at least 7 of the 14 regions.

Which energy suppliers have changed their prices in 2021?

Following the new price cap rates being announced in February 2021, all major energy suppliers raised their prices to meet the new cap level.

You can read about previous price changes from the rest of the big six below:

Will there be another ScottishPower price rise in 2021?

The energy price cap is reviewed twice a year (February and August), with new rates coming into effect in April and October. This means we already know there will be a price rise in April 2021. However, it remains to be seen whether there will be another energy price rise announced in August, or whether the price cap rate will be reduced.

See more information about ScottishPower, including price change history and customer satisfaction reviews on Uswitch's dedicated ScottishPower supplier page.

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