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SSE to freeze UK energy prices this winter

Staff Writer |
SSE, one of Britain's "big six" energy suppliers, has frozen its standard energy prices this winter, utting pressure on its rivals to do the same.

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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.

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