Bills to rise to pay for energy upgrade

Energy bills are set to rise by an average of £12 a year to pay for a £24bn upgrade of Britain's gas and electricity networks, the regulator Ofgem has announced.

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CBI says Energy Bill is a 'strong signal' to investors

John Cridland, CBI Director-General, supports the energy bill, but warned that vulnerable consumers should be protected. Credit: PA

The CBI welcomed the Government's energy plans, but warned that vulnerable consumers should be protected from price hikes.

Its Director-General, John Cridland, said: “This package will send a strong signal to investors that the Government is serious about providing firms with the certainty they need to invest in affordable secure low-carbon energy.

“We now have political agreement on this critical issue and the Government should get the bill on the statute books as quickly as possible.

“As more details emerge, the Government should ensure that those households and businesses most vulnerable to increased energy prices are protected.”


Green energy will boost economy, Energy Secretary says

Energy Secretary Ed Davey says the Energy Reform bill will see energy costs increase by around £100 a year by 2020. Credit: ITV News

A new energy-efficient electricity infrastructure will create "a massive increase in jobs" now, while the impact on household bills will rise gradually, Energy Secretary Ed Davey told ITV Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg.

The Liberal Democrat MP said that the average consumer is currently paying 2% of their energy bill to supporting clean energy and this will rise to 7% by the end of this decade, but this increase will pay for a system that will actually reduce energy bills in the long term.

"We think [the rise will be] slightly under a £100 in eight years time, but the offsetting measures of things that will go the other way, and all our policies together, will mean that we think the average household will see a bill that's reduced by 7% than it otherwise would have been."

FSB: Remorseless rise in energy costs will hurt UK

The Federation of Small Businesses has called on energy reform "to go hand in hand with radical changes in the retail energy markets" to deliver tighter regulation of the "big six" energy companies.

While we welcome the much needed certainty the Energy Bill will give to investors to help secure the UK’s energy supply, we are concerned that small firms will be left exposed to ever increasing energy bills. The remorseless rise in energy costs is hurting not only individual businesses but also the competitiveness of the UK as a whole.

– John Walker, National Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses

Ed Davey's Energy Bill package:

  • The creation of a Government-owned company to act as a single counterparty - said to give investors confidence to enter into new long term Contracts for Difference for low carbon electricity projects.
  • Powers to introduce a capacity market, allowing for capacity auctions from 2014 for delivery of capacity in the winter of 2018/19, if needed, to help ensure the lights stay on even at times of peak demand.
  • Amendment during passage of the Bill to take powers to set a decarbonisation target range for 2030 in secondary legislation. A decision to exercise this power will be taken once the Climate Change Committee has provided advice in 2016 on the 5th Carbon Budget which covers the corresponding period.

In the meantime, the Government said it will issue guidance to National Grid setting out an indicative range of decarbonisation scenarios for the power sector in 2030 consistent with the least cost approach to the UK’s 2050 carbon target.

The guidance, it said, will reflect both the existing fourth carbon budget and a scenario in which it is reviewed up, as outlined when the budget was set.


Energy bill hikes unaffordable, consumer site warns

We welcome any clarity on the impact of future investment on household energy bills - it' s important that consumers are made aware so they can take action to prepare for higher bills in the future and find information and support on how to limit the impact on their household.

However, the fact remains that any additional cost on top of the hikes already seen will be unaffordable for many consumers. The average household energy bill today is already £1,334 a year and this is hurting people.

– Ann Robinson, Director of Consumer Policy at

Government: Green power to cost homes £95 a year

The Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates that homes will have to pay an extra £95 a year for cleaner energy, while the Climate Change Committee estimates the cost will be an extra £110, ITV Business Editor Laura Kuenssberg said.

Climate Committee Chair: Green power package is realistic

Tim Yeo said Ed Davey had "come out ahead on points" in negotiations. Credit: PA

Tim Yeo, Chairman of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee, said Liberal Democrat Ed Davey's Energy Department had "come out ahead on points" in negotiations, and he described the Treasury's package of support for green power as "realistic".

He told BBC Radio 4's Today: "I personally think that a couple of pounds a week - maybe rising to almost £3 a week - is a reasonable price for Britain to achieve a degree of energy security to reduce its total dependence on fossil fuels and to honour its commitments to cut green house gases."

Friends of the Earth: Politicians must fight 'Osborne's fossil-fuel addiction'

The coalition has caved in to Osborne's reckless dash for gas and banged the final nail in the coffin of Cameron's pledge to lead the greenest Government ever.

This decision motivated by outdated ideology will help keep the nation hooked on increasingly expensive gas, drive away green jobs and investment and jeopardise UK climate goals.

But the fight is far from over - there's huge public and business support for power sector decarbonisation. Politicians from all parties must fight in Parliament against Osborne's fossil-fuel addiction.

– Andy Atkins, Friends of the Earth's executive director
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