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April 13, 2016

Wholesale energy prices costs at 10-year low

Wholesale energy costs are currently at their lowest price for a decade, prompting further calls for a cut in household energy bills.

ICIS Power Index have said that the cost of gas is at its lowest for ten years, with electricity costs at a nine-year low.
Despite this, the "Big Six" energy suppliers have cut gas bills by just over 5% this year, and there has been no drop in electricity charges.

However the industry points out that wholesale costs make up just 42% of a typical dual fuel bill.

Energy suppliers also buy power up to two years in advance, so what they pay for power does not necessarily reflect the current cost.

The below chart shows the breakdown of a dual fuel bill as of April 2015:

Whole_Sale Energy Costs April 2015.jpg

Source: OFGEM

It has been a mild winter, so ICIS Power Index have argued that may be a reason for the declining price of wholesale energy but this report suggests that the token price cuts energy suppliers announced at the beginning of the year are not enough. Suppliers should be dropping the gas and electricity prices customers pay by considerably more.

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Posted on April 13, 2016 at 11:33 AM