Scottish Power is to raise its standard variable gas and electricity prices from 8 October. It is the second price increase announced by Scottish Power this year. In April, it said it would raise its gas and electricity prices by 5.5% for a third of its customers from 1 June.
Halogen bulbs will be banned from sale from September in a bid to encourage consumers to switch to greener alternatives. Regular bulbs will no longer be brought to market from September, though retailers can sell off existing stocks and will still be able to sell bulbs shaped for desk and flood light.
Energy bills are expected to rise when the temperature falls this winter, as the price of gas soars amid a squeeze on supplies and storage. Supply jitters have unsettled the market in the wake of a cold spring, while the rising price of oil and carbon allowances drive costs higher still.
New figures have prompted fresh calls for control over energy to be devolved to Holyrood and a cut to ring-fenced renewable subsidies. Scots are now among the most prolific users of green energy in Europe, beating renewable powerhouse nations like Denmark and Germany.
Britain’s long heatwave threw the country’s green energy revolution into reverse and pushed up carbon emissions this summer, leading experts to stress the need for a diverse energy mix. Windfarm capacity is up by more than 10% since a year ago, but the share of electricity they supplied dropped from 12.9% last year to 10.4% this summer.