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Scottish Power Tariffs 2022: See The Energy Prices

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Scottish Power tariffs look clear and straightforward on their website. In our complete guide to Scottish Power Tariffs in 2022, we will find out if they provide value for money or if Scottish Power tariffs leave you longing.


💸Scottish Power Tariffs and Prices

Energy regulator Ofgem requires all UK energy suppliers, including Scottish Power, to limit the number of fixed-rate tariffs. But when Scottish Power tariffs are made up of seven-plus words, it can be baffling to decipher what they mean and how much they cost! That’s why we’ve filtered down all the critical information you need to make a quick decision.

In the sections below, we break down these different types of Scottish Power tariffs:

  • Tariffs for existing customers
  • Tariffs for new customers
  • Pay As You Go tariffs
  • Business energy tariffs

Firstly, however, we're going to take a look at how Scottish Power tariffs compare to the rest of the market in terms of pricing. We use Which? scores for value for money to gauge how each provider performs:

Suppliers' Value for Money Ranked by Which? Score
Energy Supplier Which? Value for Money score
Octopus Energy ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Ovo Energy ⭐⭐⭐⭐
So Energy ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Utility Warehouse ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Outfox The Market ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Boost ⭐⭐⭐
Utilita ⭐⭐⭐
Sainsbury's Energy ⭐⭐⭐
Shell Energy ⭐⭐⭐
British Gas ⭐⭐
EDF Energy ⭐⭐
SSE (Takeover by Ovo Energy in June 2019) ⭐⭐
E.ON ⭐⭐
Scottish Power ⭐⭐
E.ON Next

*For illustrative purposes only. Figures taken from Which?'s September 2021 survey.

 
 

As you can see, according to Which? Scottish Power tariffs are at the bottom of the table when it comes to providing value for money. However, recent customer reviews on TrustPilot seem more postive when it comes to getting value for money with their Scottish Power tariffs, giving mostly 4 or 5 stars.

Are Scottish Power tariffs green?

With all the recent news about green energy, net-zero pledges, and COP26, many customers are concerned about where their enery supplier gets its energy from. Its a breath of fresh air, pardon the pun, to know that Scottish Power tariffs are backed by 100% green energy that's generated by windfarms in the UK.

If you get confused with all the jargon, you can check out our buzzword buster guide.

📈Scottish Power price increases in the news

Scottish Power’s price increases have hit the headlines, either when the changes are unexpected, profound or even predictive in line with regulatory changes by Ofgem. Let's take a brief glance at the most recent price increases from Scottish Power that have been reported in the press:

  • April 2018: A price hike of 5.5% was unveiled by Scottish Power which would affect its customers on its standard variable-rate plan. The price rise would commence from the beginning of June 2018, entailing an approximate annual rise of £63 in customers’ bills.
  • February 2019: The Glasgow-based supplier announced that its customers on their variable-rate tariff would see their bills will increase by 10% from 1st April 2020, equivalent to a £117 rise. Those on a fixed-rate tariff will see their bills jump by 9%, or £106 on average.
  • April 2019: Rates for Scottish Power's standard variable tariff increased by £117 (10%), in line with Ofgem’s increased energy price cap of £1,254 per year.
  • August 2019: Scottish Power unveiled that it would decrease the cost of energy it supplies on a standard variable-rate tariff by approximately £76 per year. This was in line with the reduced energy price cap from Ofgem.
  • March 2020: Prices were reduced by 1% on the Scottish Power standard variable tariff. This was done in accordance with the reduced price cap.
  • March 2021: Scottish Power announced it would be raising its standard energy rates by 9% in line with the new price cap, which came into effect on 1 April.
  • September 2021: Scottish Power confirmed customers on the its variable or default tariff would see their rates increase in line with Ofgem's October 1 2021 price cap increase.

💡Scottish Power Tariffs for Existing Customers

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Existing Scottish Power customers who have reached the end of their fixed tariffs without renewing them will be put on the Scottish Power standard tariff. This tariff is variable, which means that your bills may go up or down depending on price fluctuations in the wholesale energy market and changes to the National Grid. We recommend that customers who are at the end of their fixed-rate period request a new Scottish Power quote to compare against other suppliers for the best deal.

As with other energy suppliers, the Standard Scottish Power tariff is protected by the Ofgem price cap.

Points to note about the Scottish Power standard tariff include the following:

  • Scottish Power should notify you if it intends to raise its prices.
  • There’s no tariff end date.
  • There are no exit fees to pay if you change energy supplier.
Scottish Power Standard Tariff (Direct Debit payment method)
Cost type Price
Electricity unit rate 20.772p per kWh
Gas unit rate 4.186p per kWh
Electricity standing charge 23.3p per day
Gas standing charge 26.11p per day
Total estimated cost per month £107.09
Total estimated cost per year £1285.05
Exit fee £0

*Calculations based on a three-bedroom London household with average energy consumption. Tariff last updated: Jan 2022

🧾Scottish Power Tariffs for New Customers

If you’re a new customer, Scottish Power will offer you one of their fixed-term tariffs. This means that your unit rate for gas and electricity will stay the same for the duration of your plan, be it one or two years. Let’s have a look at the three fixed-rate tariffs you can choose from as a new customer.

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1 Year Fixed Price Energy

With the 1 Year Fixed Price Energy tariff, you can enjoy fixed prices for one year. Important points to note about this Scottish Power tariff include the following:

  • Term length: One year
  • Contract end date: February 2023
  • Exit fees: £60 per fuel
  • Electricity sources: 100% renewable energy

2 Years Fixed Price Energy

With the 2 Years Fixed Price Energy tariff, you can enjoy fixed energy prices for two years. This tariff has the option to support Cancer Research UK

Points to note about this Scottish Power tariff include the following:

  • Term length: Two years
  • Contract end date: February 2024
  • Exit fees: £60
  • Electricity sources: 100% renewable energy
  • Charity donation: For every month you are on this tariff, Scottish Power will donate up to a maximum of £5 per fuel per year to Cancer Research UK.

2 Year Fixed Price Energy + Boiler Insurance

With 2 Year Fixed Price Energy + Boiler Insurance tariff, you get fixed energy prices for two years, plus 12 months of boiler cover included. However, you are required to have a smart meter, or agree to have one installed. There are some important points to know about this Scottish Power tariff:

  • Term length: One year
  • Contract end date: August 2022
  • Exit fees:£30 per fuel

The boiler cover is included for the first 12 months of the tariff, after which you can choose to cancel it, or continue to keep it at a cost of £3.50 pe month.

The following is included in the boiler cover in this Scottish Power tariff:

  • Up to £1,500 worth of repairs per year with a £99 excess per claim
  • Up to £750 for a replacement boiler if required
  • Gas Safe registered engineers
  • Repairs to your boiler and controls, including your thermostat and programmer

It's important to note that your boiler must be less than 15 years old and an annual service is not included. You are also not covered against any pre-existing problems nor are your radiators covered. The boiler cover is quite basic, but may meet the needs of some customers who don't already have any boiler cover plan.

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Scottish Power Pay As You Go Tariff

If you have a prepayment meter, then you top it up using a card or key before consuming any gas or electricity. If you’re a Pay As You Go (PAYG) customer, you’ll be on the Scottish Power standard prepayment tariff. Since this tariff is variable, the price for your gas and electricity can go up or down depending on fluctuations in the wholesale energy market.

Scottish Power offers the following services to PAYG customers:

  • If you are in arrears with your Scottish Power energy bills, the supplier can set up your prepayment meter to collect a fixed sum of money that you owe at an agreed rate.
  • The supplier will give you an emergency credit facility if you run into an emergency and can’t get to a retail outlet to purchase credit (either because you’re ill, lacking adequate transport, or for any other genuine reason).

It is also useful to know that Scottish Power also runs the Scottish Power Hardship Fund to help customers who are facing debt.

Scottish Power Standard Tariff (Prepayment payment method)
Cost type Price
Electricity unit rate 20.43p per kWh
Gas unit rate 4.127p per kWh
Electricity standing charge 27.68p per day
Gas standing charge 35.14p per day
Total estimated cost per month £109.75
Total estimated cost per year £1317
Exit fee £0

*Calculations based on a three-bedroom London household with average energy consumption. Tariff last updated: Jan 2022

🏢Scottish Power Business Tariffs

Scottish Power boasts thousands of business customers across the UK, from micro-businesses to large groups of companies. They don’t apply a one-size-fits-all tariff for everyone. Instead, they recognise that energy consumption depends on the size and industry of your business. That’s why it offers separate tariffs and services for small businesses and commercial companies. Let’s have a quick look at each of them:

Scottish Power Tariffs for Small Business

Scottish Power’s small business plan is aimed primarily at micro-businesses. Examples include hairdressing salons, restaurants and retail shops. If you’re not sure whether your size and industry place you in this category, check out our Business Energy guide.

Below is a summary of what these Scottish Power tariffs offer:

  • Fixed unit rates for one, two, three or four years.
  • Competitive terms and conditions tailored to small companies.
  • Online account management with Scottish Power’s Online Energy Service or App.
  • Expert energy-efficiency advice to help save energy via Scottish Power’s partnership with The Carbon Trust.

You can get a Scottish power quote for a small business on the Scottish Power website.

Scottish Power Tariffs for Commercial Companies

You would be a commercial energy customer if Scottish Power will be supplying energy to several commercial sites on your account. This would be the case if your commercial premises is comprised of: industrial sites, a chain of company branches or a group of franchise companies.

There are no specific tariffs listed in Scottish Power’s “Commercial Energy” webpage, which leads us to believe that they will offer a bespoke tariff according to the needs of your multiple sites. To get a Scottish power quote for a commercial entity, contact Scottish Power directly.

Managing gas and electricity consumption and budgeting for bills is far more difficult at multiple sites compared to just one business premise. That’s why Scottish Power has designed its Commercial Portal. This online platform helps its commercial customers stay in control of all its business sites, with centralised data that facilitates management on a larger scale. Below are some of the features and benefits of their Commercial Energy portal:

  • Commercial Energy portfolio — view a summary of your customers and contracted sites.
  • Dashboard — download consumption information for each of your sites and see key market trends that affect your business.
  • View bills — see the balance for a specific site or the overall account balance for the group of sites.

For a more detailed look at the features and benefits of the Commercial Portal, see Scottish Power’s How-To guide.

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Scottish Power Tariff FAQs

Which is the cheapest tariff with Scottish Power?

For the average household in London, the 2 Years Fixed Price Energy + Boiler Insurance tariff would be the cheapest option, with prices are guaranteed to remain fixed for two years.

What are the Scottish Power Economy 7 times?

Our comprehensive Economy 7 guide gives you the off-peak times for each area in the UK, displayed on a clickable map.

In summary, with Scottish Power you’ll get seven hours of cheap electricity, which could start between 11pm to 1am depending on where you live. Head over to our clickable map in our Economy 7 guide, find out the off-peak hours for your area and set the timer on your Scottish Power Economy 7 meter accordingly.

How much is the Scottish Power price per kWh?

The Scottish Power price per kWh will depend on the tariff and location. In London, electricity unit rates range from roughly 26.5 to 29.5p per kWh. Gas unit rates range from roughly 7.5 to 9p per kWh. However, exact figures depend on the tariff you are on and checking our bill or contract is the only way to know for sure. We only provide these Scottish Power price per kWh figures here to give you an initial rough idea.

How much is the Scottish Power standing charge?

In the main tariffs section above, the Scottish Power standing charge depends on the type of tariff you choose. Standing charges are usually between 18-21p per day, depending on your supplier and the tariff you're on.

What happens if I don't pay my Scottish Power bill?

If you're struggling to pay your Scottish Power bill, we recommend you contact Scottish Power to discuss setting up a payment plan, or you can contact a debt advice line such as Citizens Advice.

If you get into arrears with Scottish Power, it may result in your unit rates increasing.

Does Scottish Power have an exit fee?

If you’re on a fixed-rate tariff, you’ll have to look at the length of the term of your contract. It will be either for one or two years for domestic customers, and up to four years for business customers.

Note your contract end date. If you leave Scottish Power outside of the cooling off periods stipulated in your tariff, you will pay exit fees for each fuel. That’s a £30.00 fee for electricity and a £30.00 fee for gas potentially.

However, you will not be charged Scottish Power exit fees in the following cases:

  1. You move house, as long as you continue to be supplied by Scottish Power.
  2. You’re on a variable-rate tariff, as there’s no contract end date.
  3. You're within the final 49 days of your fixed-rate contract.
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