I recently received through the post a leaflet from EDF Energy dealing with their standard variable tariff.
Usually I give such communications a cursory glance at best before adding to the recycling pile. Having a few spare moments, however, I did go through the leaflet more carefully this time.
I found that whereas geographic location has no effect on gas prices, this is not the case for electricity. My initial thought was that as EDF Energy is a descendant of SWEB, electricity in the South West might be cheaper.
I suspect that a good proportion of SWEB customers have remained with EDF and I thought that we might benefit from the electrical equivalent of a bulk-buy discount. This is not so.
The cost of electricity in the South West is the most expensive in the country with the exception of North Scotland. I can understand why supplying electricity to a remote croft in the Highlands might be costly but I cannot think why our electricity should be so expensive.
Perhaps somebody from EDF could provide an explanation.
Isn't it bad enough that we have the most expensive water rates in the country without adding electricity to the list?