November 9, 2010 / 1:54 PM / in 9 years

EDF fixes household energy bills over winter

An EDF sign is seen outside an electricity sub-station in North London, in this September 20, 2008 file photograph. REUTERS/Andrew Winning/Files

LONDON (Reuters) - EDF said it would not raise gas or electricity prices for its British residential customers over the winter, with standard tariffs fixed until at least March 2011.

The French utility has more than 5.5 million residential and business customers in Britain and said on Tuesday that more than 90 percent were on standard rates.

“With people using over six times more gas in winter than in summer, any help we can provide at this time of year goes a long way,” said Jim Poole, director of residential customers at EDF Energy.

EDF (EDF.PA) added that 31 percent of gas consumption from its customers is in December and January, compared with 4.6 percent in July and August.

EDF is the second of Britain’s big six utilities to make announcements about winter energy bills. Scottish & Southern Energy (SSE.L) said last month it would hike household gas prices by 9.4 percent this winter.

The remaining four are Centrica (CNA.L), RWE npower (RWEG.DE), E.ON UK (EONGn.DE), and Iberdrola’s (IBE.MC) Scottish Power.

Reporting by Kwok W. Wan; editing by Jane Baird

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