Scottish Power Tariffs: Compare Prices and Switch

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Summary: Scottish Power is one of the best-known brands in the UK energy market. Along with British Gas, E.On, N Power, EDF and SSE, they provide around 70% of the nation’s electricity and 69% of our gas. With over 5 million customers across the country, and a robust range of energy tariffs, it is among the biggest of the “Big 6”. But how do Scottish Power Tariffs in 2020 measure up against the competition?

Last update: January 2021

It’s understandable that many energy consumers will gravitate towards the familiarity of the bigger energy companies. But even among these 6, there is huge variation in terms of costs, range of tariffs and quality of customer service. Here, we’ll compare all of the available Scottish Power tariffs in 2020. So that you can make an informed decision as to which is the best fit for your household.

Scottish Power Tariffs and Prices

If you’re looking for a supplier that has a large range of tariffs to suit all needs, look no further than Scottish Power. The energy brand has an astonishing 36 tariffs available in 2020. However, some are only available to existing customers, while one is only available to former Tonik Energy customers after Scottish Power was appointed to take on the failed supplier’s customers in October 2020. Some tariffs available to existing customers include a donation to Cancer Research UK, while others are built around the needs of Electric Vehicle owners. Because Scottish Power also offers boiler cover, some energy tariffs are packaged with boiler insurance, so that you can enjoy peace of mind all year round.

Here, we list all the tariffs that are available to new customers in 2020. All of the following tariffs use 100% green electricity generated by Scottish Power. Energy unit rates and standing charges are based on national averages and may vary depending on where in the country you live. Estimates annual and monthly costs are based on Scottish Power’s assumed average usage of 3155 kWh of electricity and 9283 kWh of gas per year.

All prices quoted are accurate at the time of writing and include VAT at 5%.
Scottish Power Tariffs

Scottish Power Standard Variable Tariff

Like most energy suppliers, Scottish Power has a standard variable tariff. This is the tariff that energy consumers should use if they want the freedom to be able to change suppliers without incurring early exit fees. This is also the tariff to which customers lapse when their fixed rate tariffs expire. However, while rates for this tariff are very reasonable at present, they may become less favourable than some of the brand’s fixed rate tariffs if the wholesale cost of energy rises.

They are as follows:

Energy Cost Price
Electricity unit rate 16.83p per kWh
Gas unit rate 2.99p per kWh
Electricity standing charge 23.51p per day
Gas standing charge 26.07p per day
  • Estimated monthly cost £82.48
  • Estimated annual cost £989.82

Boiler cover can be attached to this tariff for an additional £3.50 per month (£42 per annum).

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Scottish Power 1 Year Fixed Price Energy

This tariff offers fixed energy prices until January 2022. This is the tariff for customers who want to lock-in their energy prices for the next year and insulate themselves against rising energy costs, but don’t want to be tied into a very lengthy contract.

This tariff carries an early exit fee of £30 per fuel. However, according to Ofgem guidelines, customers can leave this tariff within 49 days of the date of expiry without incurring early exit fees.

Rates for this tariff are as follows:

Energy Cost Price
Electricity unit rate 15.60p per kWh
Gas unit rate 2.8p per kWh
Electricity standing charge 35.02p per day
Gas standing charge 32.11p per day
  • Estimated monthly cost £83.10
  • Estimated annual cost £997.19

Boiler cover can be attached to this tariff for an additional £3.50 per month (£42 per annum).

Scottish Power 2 Years Fixed Price Energy

As well as providing fixed rate energy until December 2022, this tariff also allows you to support Cancer Research UK. As with all tariffs, it also includes 100% renewable electricity. So you can do good for people and the planet with this tariff. When you choose this tariff, a donation is made by Scottish Power to Cancer Research UK for every month you are on the tariff up to a maximum of £5 per fuel per annum.

There are no early exit fees for this tariff.

Rates for this tariff are as follows:

Energy Cost Price
Electricity unit rate 16.83p per kWh
Gas unit rate 2.99p per kWh
Electricity standing charge 31.71p per day
Gas standing charge 34.27p per day
  • Estimated monthly cost £87.48
  • Estimated annual cost £1049.72

Boiler cover can be attached to this tariff for an additional £3.50 per month (£42 per annum).

Scottish Power standard prepayment tariff

Scottish Power has only one tariff for customers with prepayment meters. As with its standard tariff for credit meters, this is a variable rate tariff, and unit rates may rise and fall with the price of wholesale energy. There are no exit fees for this tariff.

Although Scottish Power does not advertise unit rates for its standard prepayment tariff, it lists average dual fuel energy costs for a medium user at £1,164.14 per annum. This works out at £97 per month.

Scottish Power Economy 7 tariffs

Scottish Power does offer tariffs to customers with Economy 7 meters. Frustratingly, however, rates are not advertised or made visible when requesting a quote. However, Scottish Power does have an electric heating page that clarifies Economy 7 hours in the areas of the country to which it provides energy. In most areas, these hours are between 00:30 and 07:30 am. Off-peak hours for the whole country are shown in the table below:

Area Number Area Name Normal Economy 7 Off-Peak Times
10 Eastern England 23:00 – 07:00
11 East Midlands 00:30 – 07:30
12 London No standard off-peak, but off-peak will normally run for 7 hours between 23:00 – 07:00
13 Merseyside and North Wales 00:30 – 07:30
14 West Midlands 00:00 – 07:00
15 North East England 00:00 – 07:00 or 00:30 – 07:30
16 North West 00:30 – 07:30
17 North Scotland 23:30 – 07:30
18 South Scotland 23:00 – 07:30
19 South East England 22:30 – 00:30 and 02:30 – 07:30
20 Southern England 23:30 – 06:30 or 00:30 – 07:30
21 South Wales Can vary
22 South West Can vary
23 Yorkshire 00:00 – 07:00 or 00:30 – 07:30

Scottish Power’s tariffs for existing customers

Once you have joined one of the tariffs above, you may be able to join one of Scottish Power’s tariffs that are exclusively available to existing customers. Please be advised that unit rates and estimated monthly / annual costs are not advertised for these tariffs because they are only available to existing customers, and some are only available to existing customers through selected sales channels.

However, in the interests of being comprehensive, we include a list of these tariffs and a brief description below:

  • Basic Energy v2: Exclusive to former Tonik Energy customers.
  • Exclusive Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save November 2021 Online. Fixed rate 12m.
  • Exclusive Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver November 2021 Online. As above.
  • Exclusive Online Fix and Save November 2021. 12m fixed rate.
  • Exclusive Online Fixed Saver November 2021. As above.
  • Exclusive Renewal April 2022. Fixed rate.
  • Exclusive Renewal April 2022 Online.
  • Exclusive Renewal January 2022 B2
  • Exclusive Renewal November 2021 B1
  • Exclusive Renewal September 2021.
  • Fix Your Energy January 2022 YH1.
  • Fix and Save December 2021 FH1
  • Fix and Save December 2022 EH1
  • Fix for Longer September 2020.
  • Fixed Price Energy January 2022.
  • Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save December 2022 Online.
  • Help Beat Cancer Fix and Save Single Rate December 2022 Online.
  • Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver December 2022 Online.
  • Help Beat Cancer Fixed Saver Single Rate December 2022 Online.
  • Online Exclusive Fixed January 2022 IM2.
  • Online Exclusive Fixed January 2022 OM1.
  • Online Exclusive Fixed January 2022 SM2.
  • Online Fix and Save December 2021.
  • Online Fixed Saver December 2021.
  • Saver December 2021 FM1.
  • Saver December 2022 EM1.
  • Saver Fixed January 2022 PM1.
  • SmartPower Day Plan December 2021. Energy is cheapest between 07.30 and 14.00 GMT.
  • SmartPower Electric Vehicle September 2022. Energy is cheapest between 00:00 and 05.00 GMT.
  • SmartPower Evening December 2021. Energy is cheapest between 19:30 and midnight GMT.
  • SmartPower Overnight December 2021. Energy is cheapest between midnight and 10am GMT.
  • SmartPower Weekend December 2021. Energy is cheapest on Saturdays and Sundays.
  • Super Saver November 2021 B3. Available exclusively through certain price comparison sites.

Scottish Power Tariffs

Scottish Power business tariffs

Scottish Power also offer gas and electricity tariffs to businesses of all shapes and sizes, from microbusiness to enterprise-level companies. While unit rates are negotiated on a case-by-case basis, Scottish Power’s business tariffs fall into the following categories:

Business Fixed

Energy costs are fixed for a term of 1, 2 or 3 years. Business customers benefit from:

  • A UK based Business Energy Team.
  • Online account management.
  • Energy efficiency advice in association with the Carbon Trust.

Standard Fixed

This is the tariff onto which customers lapse if they do not terminate or opt-in at the point of renewal. Features include:

  • Fixed prices for 1 year with no tie-in.
  • Customers can switch to a new product at any time without exit fees.
  • 30 day termination notice period.

Standard Variable

This is a flexible tariff with variable rates that may go up or down at any time. Rates are usually a little higher than fixed-rate contracts. Features include:

  • Customers can switch to a new product at any time without incurring exit fees
  • Variable prices

Deemed

This is the default business tariff for when you become responsible for a business premises but don’t arrange a contract with Scottish Power. Features are as follows:

  • Variable prices.
  • Customers can switch to a new product at any time without incurring exit fees

Scottish Power no standing charge tariff

Unfortunately, Scottish Power does not have a tariff without any standing charges available to new customers. However, unless your property is unoccupied for 7 months a year, you could end up paying more on a tariff like this, anyway.

Scottish Power tariffs compared: Which is the cheapest tariff?

Of course it would be extremely difficult to compare all 36 of Scottish Power’s available tariffs. However, since the majority are unavailable to new customers anyway, here we’ll directly compare the 3 tariffs that are available to new customers to see which works out cheapest.

Tariff Name Estimated Monthly Cost Estimates Annual Cost
Standard Variable £82.48 £989.82
1 Year Fixed £83.10 £997.19
2 Years Fixed £87.48 £1,049.72

Atypically, the standard variable rate tariff is actually a little cheaper than the 1 Year Fixed Rate tariff. However, it’s worth noting that the recent dip in oil prices has impacted wholesale energy costs, driving them down. This tariff may become more expensive as energy prices rise.

Both the Standard Variable and 1 Year Fixed tariffs are comfortably below the Ofgem Energy Price Cap, which currently stands at £1,042 per year.

Scottish Power price changes in 2020

Scottish Power’s prices have fluctuated a little in 2020. In February 2020, Scottish Power announced a price hike of £117 for all of its customers on standard variable tariffs that would come into effect on 1st April. However, in October of 2020, Scottish Power was the fifth of the “Big 6” suppliers to drop its rates again in line with the newly reduced Energy Price Cap. The average bill was decreased by around £84 per year.

Scottish Power exit fees

Fortunately, only one of the two fixed rate tariffs available to new customers is subject to an early exit fee. This is the 1 Year Fixed tariff which comes with an early exit fee of £30 per fuel.

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How much does Scottish Power charge per kWh?

Scottish Power’s unit rate charges per kWh vary by tariff. They are listed below as follows:

Standard Variable- 16.83p electricity. 2.99p gas.
12M Fixed- 15.60p electricity. 2.8p gas.
2 Year Fixed- 16.83p electricity. 2.99p gas.

What is the Scottish Power standing charge?

Daily standing charges also vary between tariffs. They are as follows:

  • Standard Variable- 23.51p electricity. 26.07p gas.
  • 12M Fixed- 35.02p electricity. 32.11p gas.
  • 2 Year Fixed- 31.71p electricity. 34.27p gas.

Does Scottish Power have an exit fee?

Only one of Scottish Powers fixed rate tariffs available to new customers carry an early exit fee. This is the 1 Year Fixed tariff and comes with an early exit fee of £30 per fuel. Remember, however, that you can exit any tariff within 49 days of the contract’s end date without incurring fees.

Has Scottish Power raised its prices in 2020?

Scottish Power did raise its prices for variable tariffs by per year £117 in April 2020. However, the price hike was relatively short-lived. When the Energy Price Cap was reduced to £1,042 in October 2020, prices dropped again, with the average household bill coming down by an estimated £84 per year.

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Written by eleanor

Updated on 26 Jan, 2021

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