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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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Decision on carbon target delayed until 2016

Details of the government's long-awaited energy bill has been published and does not include a target to slash emissions from the power sector by 2030.

General view of a turbine at a wind farm at Siddick in Cumbria. Credit: Phil Noble/PA Archive

A decision on setting carbon emissions for 2030 will now be delayed until 2016 - after the general election.

An estimated £110 billion is needed in the next decade to renew the UK's ageing electricity infrastructure, with much set to go into low-carbon power sources such as wind farms to cut emissions and keep the lights on.

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