SSE simplifies its energy tariffsOnly four energy deals now on offer

22 February 2012

Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) has slashed its range of energy tariffs, cutting the number it offers to just four.

From today the energy company will offer two variable and two fixed tariffs, which it claims will make it easier for customers to find the cheapest SSE tariff for them.

It's not the first energy company to make such a move. British Gas simplified its energy tariffs in November last year. 

New energy deals

The new SSE tariffs each consist of a standing charge, which covers the costs of delivering energy to the consumer, and a single unit price for all units of energy consumed.

The tariffs are available through all SSE brands - Southern Electric, Scottish Hydro, SWALEC and Atlantic.

SSE says existing customers on a tariff with no standing charge can choose to remain on it for the time being.

Energy must be simpler

Executive director of Which? Richard Lloyd says: ‘Our research has consistently shown that people find it almost impossible to get the cheapest deal on their energy bills, so SSE's move to make their own tariffs easier to understand and compare is a step in the right direction.

'But the regulator Ofgem must force the energy companies to go further and simplify all energy tariffs, so that customers really can find the best deals.

'As people continue to struggle with their household bills, the priority must be to focus on helping people to get affordable energy.’

Switch energy supplier

In the last four years consumers have missed out on £16bn of savings from not switching to the cheapest energy deal.

Which? is asking the government and Ofgem to take immediate action to make tariffs simpler. Find out more about what we’re doing to tackle complicated energy tariffs.

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