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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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Energy Bill 'lacks 2030 emission cut target'

Environmentalists say the Bill does not go far enough, because it does not include a target to slash carbon emissions from the power sector by 2030.

[The lack of a target was] jeopardising green jobs and industry and undermining efforts to tackle energy insecurity and climate change.

George Osborne's fossil-fuelled economic strategy will keep the nation locked into dirty gas for decades - and with experts predicting gas prices will carry on rising, cash-strapped households will be forced to foot the bill.

– Friends of the Earth executive director Andy Atkin

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