HC Deb 23 December 1982 vol 34 c667W
Mr. Nicholas Winterton

asked the Secretary of State for Energy how the price of electricity in the United Kingdom compares with the price of electricity in other countries of the European Economic Community, the United States of America and Japan.

Mr. Mellor

Electricity prices paid by typical domestic and industrial consumers in the countries of the EEC, and of selected utilities in the USA and Japan at 1 August 1982, using exchange rates ruling at that date, were as follows:

Domestic 3300 Kwh/annum Industrial 2½MW; 40 per cent. load factor
P/Kwh P/Kwh
Belgium 6.60 3.29
Denmark n/a n/a
France 5.03–5.43 2.73
Germany 5.48–6.51 3.66–4.76
Greece 5.21 3.03
Ireland 5.80–6.07 4.42
Italy 6.25–6.27 3.88–3.90
Luxembourg 4.83 2.94
Netherlands 5.13–6.49 3.20–4.10
United Kingdom 5.12–6.37 3.49–3.97
USA 3.21–5.28 3.83–4.17
Japan 6.73–6.83 4.47–4.62

Source: Electricity Council Survey.


Information is not available on prices from all the utilities in the USA. The range of prices in the USA is therefore greater than that shown above. Prices for domestic consumption include all taxes, whereas those for industrial consumption include all taxes except VAT which is recoverable.