The Government is clearly irritated that SSE is blaming energy efficiency measures for part of the rise in their tarfis. One source tells me it is "misleading".
A source at the Department of Energy and Climate Change says part of the problem is that SSE has been slow in fulfilling its obligations, for example to cut carbon emissions, so it is paying the price now.
And the Government is very keen to stress it is the cost of wholesale energy that has really has pushed up the price - something over which they have no control.
More than 8 million customers of SSE face a price hike typically over £100 a year - now all eyes are on the other big energy firms.
Energy bill increases are not just a problem for the millions of consumers who'll have bigger bills landing on the doormat.
Energy firm SSE has announced that electricity and gas prices will rise by an average of 9% from October 15.