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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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Davey: Energy bill 'good for consumers'

Energy Secretary Ed Davey has told the House of Commons that government policy is "designed to reduce consumer bills" as he sets out proposals to reduce demand for electricity - a move which critics suggest will increase households bills.

The long-delayed Energy Bill, formally published today, authorises ministers to almost treble investment in "green" power generation to £7.6 billion, up from £2.35 billion this year.

Davey added in a statement to the House: "The bill is good for Britain's economy and good for consumers."

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