SSE Airtricity, Northern Ireland’s second largest provider of electricity, has confirmed today that its household electricity prices are to increase from October 1.
The company said prices will rise by 6.9%, or £0.75 a week, meaning customers will pay an extra £39 a year.
The firm cited “increased external costs outside of SSE Airtricity’s control” as the main cause of the price change.
The rise applies to 170,344 household electricity customers in the Province. SSE Airtricity said the typical annual cost of home electricity after the change will be £600.41.
It comes after Power NI announced a 6.1% price increase earlier this month.
David Manning, Director of Home Energy at SSE Airtricity, said the firm was “disappointed” to have to announce the price rise.
He added: “While there have been reductions in wholesale energy costs these have been negated by external cost increases applied to all energy suppliers.
“As always, we will do everything we can to ensure we consistently deliver value to our customers in their electricity supply, and to provide the greatest possible help that our customers expect from us.
“We continue to offer our customers highly competitive discounts and exclusive customer benefits through our SSE Reward Programme.”