SSE calls for standard grid charge for electricity

The head of SSE is calling on Energy Secretary Amber Rudd to impose a single standard charge for transporting electricity in the UK. Chief Executive Alistair Phillips-Davies is urging her […]

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By Priyanka Shrestha

The head of SSE is calling on Energy Secretary Amber Rudd to impose a single standard charge for transporting electricity in the UK.

Chief Executive Alistair Phillips-Davies is urging her department to work towards a “simpler and fairer energy market”.

In a letter to Ms Rudd, he said: “The companies operating the electricity networks in areas including the North of Scotland and North Wales face larger costs per customer because of a number of factors, including the land mass they cover, the diverse terrain and remote housing.

SSE Chief Executive Alistair Phillips-Davies. Image: SSE
SSE Chief Executive Alistair Phillips-Davies. Image: SSE

“The energy suppliers operating in these regions pay the charges to the network companies, which leads to regional price differences for customers, depending on where they live.”

Mr Phillips-Davies believes the variations in network costs across the UK cause customer confusion, especially in the domestic market.

He adds: “We think the benefits of a move to ‘national pricing’ with the electricity transportation costs flattened out to one standard charge for every customer across Great Britain are worth considering.”

ELN has contacted DECC for a comment.