Deemed and Out-of-Contract Rates

The UK legislation covering the supply of gas stipulates that when an individual takes over the responsibility of a property, they are deemed to have entered into an agreement with the registered supplier of that property. This means that the supplier is required to provide gas to the customer who, in turn, is required to pay for that gas at the supplier’s published rates (until a new contract has been negotiated).  This is known as ‘deemed’ rates.  More details about this can be found here.

The deemed contract price that a customer will pay is based on current deemed contract prices, policy and procedure. The deemed price will generally be revised on the 1st April and the 1st October each year and published on our website.

The current deemed contract price includes:

  • A daily standing charge to cover all 3rd party transmission distribution and metering costs
  • A daily administration charge to cover additional expense and risks associated with supplying customers on deemed contract terms
  • A unit rate applied in pence/kWh to each actual or estimated unit supplied

Our current deemed rates are as follows:

Current Rates Period Current
Standing Charge (Daily) Site Specific
Administration Charge (Daily) £0.35
Unit Rate (Pence/kWh) 5.2

If a meter is not read immediately on the date the customer took responsibility for the site then Opal reserves the right to estimate the quantity of gas supplied.  This would be based on industry data until the meter is read or the customer ceases to take supply of the gas.

If you are currently on deemed rates then please call 0300 400 4444 to negotiate a better gas price for your business.

Terms and conditions relating to deemed contracts are available on request.

Out of Contract Rates

If you give us notice that you do not wish to renew your contract with Opal then you’ll be charged for your gas at the standard out of contract rates from the date your current fixed term period ends until the date you switch to another supplier.

Out of contract price update 1st October 2018:


Unit rate (Pence/kWh) 7
Standing Charge (Daily) £0.85

If you are currently on out of contract rates call us on 0300 400 4444 to negotiate a better gas price for your business.