SSE to freeze UK energy prices this winter
British wholesale gas and electricity prices have risen about 30 and 40 percent respectively since June, along with a bounce-back in other commodities such as coal, leading to speculation that some electricity suppliers could raise prices.
"We understand that the prospect of increasing bills during the colder months is a real concern for customers, particularly as they start to turn up the heating," Will Morris, SSE managing director, Retail, said in a statement.
SSE said prices would not rise until April 2017 at the earliest.
The move puts pressure on rivals Iberdrola's Scottish Power, Centrica's British Gas, RWE's npower , E.ON and EDF Energy, to do the same.
Energy bills have doubled in Britain over the past decade to about 1,200 pounds ($1,640) a year. ■