Help! My EDF rates appear to have risen 40%

Understanding how electricity bills are worked out can be complex...

My online account with EDF appears to show new rates from January 1, 2018 that are around 40% more than last year's. How is this possible? 

I pay for my electricity with EDF on a monthly standing order basis, based on estimates, with readjustments applied later to account for real use and rises in rates. I receive an annual bill in July showing detailed working out. I have just seen in my online account that the current real rates, both for the abonnement (monthly standing charges) and for the price per unit (kWh) of electricity used increased dramatically since January 2018 compared ...

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