Properties in the north of Scotland are more reliant on electricity and oil and end up paying significantly more in energy costs People living in the north of Scotland are paying considerable more for their energy than those in the south of the country, it has been claimed. Research suggests that customers on pre-payment meter tariffs typically pay nearly £100 more a year than Scottish customers living further south. The latest tariffs have been analysed by research company Cornwall Insight, revealing a stark north-south divide. The research firm identified a number of factors behind the increased costs. They include: The limited availability of gas in rural Scotland means many people can only heat their homes with oil or electricity, which is more expensive. Not having access to mains gas also means northern customers miss out on cheaper “dual fuel” tariffs. The cost of supplying and distributing electricity in the north is on average 2p more per kwh than in the south. A reliance on electricity also means people in the north are paying more of the built-in charges used to fund the development of renewable energy.
BBC 6th June 2019 read more »