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12/11/2013 04:46 GMT | Updated 12/11/2013 06:26 GMT

EDF Unveils 3.9% Price Rise, Warns Of Another If Green Taxes Not Reduced

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File photo dated 24/9/08 of the logo of EDF Energy, who have recorded a £903 million UK profits haul in the first half of the year as Britons were charged more to crank up the heating.

EDF has unveiled a 3.9% price increase, which will see bills soar by £49 to £1,300-a-year, and warned that they could rise further if the government fails to make big enough reductions to green taxes.

The energy giant said its price increase, which would come into effect from January 3, would save its 8 million customers up to £80 more than if they had signed up to any of the four energy suppliers who have already unveiled price rises, British Gas, nPower, Scottish Power and SSE.

It comes after Scottish Power said they would increase prices by 8.6%, Npower by 10.4%, SSE by 8.2% and British Gas by 9.2%.

EDF said: "The company recognises that a price rise is especially unwelcome in the current economic climate, but believes that today’s action to limit the growth of bills is an important step," EDF said.

"If the Government makes bigger changes to the costs of its social and environmental schemes than EDF Energy has anticipated, the company pledges to pass these savings onto customers. However, if changes to social and environmental programmes are less than anticipated, the company may have to review its standard variable prices again."

Energy secretary Ed Davey said: “Any price rise is disappointing but I’m encouraged b that EDF have kept their price rise much closer to inflation than some of their competitors.

“The competition we’ve introduced to the energy market means people have a choice. They can look for the best deal available; including from smaller suppliers, with the confidence that switching will make an immediate difference to their bills and force the Big 6 to compete on price.”

EDF's warning about green taxes comes after other energy chiefs have attacked government green schemes, with E.ON chief executive Tony Cocker branding them a "stealth tax".

It comes after Scottish Power said they would increase prices by 8.6%, Npower by 10.4%, SSE by 8.2% and British Gas by 9.2%.

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EDF's rise compared to the energy giants who've already announced theirs

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