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Scottish Power Tariffs: See 2021 Energy Prices

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Scottish Power tariffs look clear and straightforward on their website. But do they provide value for money? Find out here.


💸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 one tariff is 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
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*For illustrative purposes only. Figures taken from Which?'s September 2020 survey.

 
 

📈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.

💡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.

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 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 four fixed-rate tariffs you can choose from as a new customer.

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1. Greener Future

With the Greener Future 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: May 2022
  • Exit fees: £30 per fuel
  • Electricity sources: 100% renewable energy

2. Help Beat Cancer Greener Fixed

With the Help Beat Cancer Greener Future tariff, you can enjoy fixed energy prices for two years.

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

  • Term length: Two years
  • Contract end date: August 2023
  • Exit fees: £0
  • 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.

3. Fixed Price (one year)

With this Scottish Power tariff, you get fixed energy prices for one year:

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

4. Super Saver (1 year)

This Scottish Power tariff is called Super Saver May 2022 E1. We list important characteristics of this tariff below.

  • Term length: One year
  • Contract end date: May 2022
  • Exit fees:£30

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 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:

Small Business Tariffs

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 or three 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 quote for a small business on the Scottish Power website.

Commercial Tariffs

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 quote, 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 Greener Future or Super Saver tariff would be the cheapest option, with prices are guaranteed to remain fixed for one year.

What are the Economy 7 times with Scottish Power?

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 either from 11pm, 12pm or 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 Economy 7 meter accordingly.

What does Scottish Power charge per kWh?

Scottish Power prices per kWh depend on the tariff and location. In London, electricity unit rates range from roughly 16.5 to 18.9p per kWh. Gas unit rates range from roughly 2.9 to 3.8p 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 figures here to give you an initial rough idea.

What is the standing charge for Scottish Power?

In the main tariffs section above, Scottish Power’s 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.

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 three 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.
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