Energy prices - gas bills

Meeting: 
MQT on 2013-11-20
Session date: 
November 20, 2013
Reference: 
2013/4036
Question By: 
Stephen Knight
Organisation: 
Liberal Democrats
Asked Of: 
The Mayor
Category: 

Question

According to the latest breakdown of domestic gas bills by the Department of Energy & Climate Change (DECC), Londoners are paying among the highest gas prices in the country, at 4.55p per kilowatt-hour (KwH). Are you doing anything to address the rising cost of energy in London? Please also confirm how many homes have been treated through your homes retrofit programme (RE:NEW) in 2013?

Answer

Answer for Energy prices - gas bills

Answer for Energy prices - gas bills

Answered By: 
The Mayor

The average London gas bill is about £8 per annum above than the England and Wales average. This is primarily due to a smaller proportion of London homes using direct debit to pay their gas bill, which is the cheapest tariff, rather than the average price per KwH varying from the rest of the UK. London's average gas prices under each type of bill payment method are on par, if not lower, than other cities using the same gas network.

Londoners can take part in the Big London Energy Switch and/or switch from credit to direct debit payments to reduce their energy tariff.

Regarding your second question, approximately 20,400 homes have benefitted from RE:NEW in 2013.  Of these, 3,300 are being targeted through contracts let following support by the RE:NEW Support Team.