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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 UK CEO: 'Bill is a positive step'

Angela Knight said the Energy Bill is a 'positive step forward' but called for more detail. Credit: PA

The trade association for the energy industry described today's Energy Bill as a "positive step forward" but called for more detail to give investors clarity and confidence over the direction the UK is taking on energy policy.

Angela Knight, Chief Executive of Energy UK, said: "The capacity market proposals will mean that gas power stations will be there, not just to keep the lights on while the new nuclear power stations and renewables are being built, but also for the longer term future.

"This means that the huge investment will now start being made in our energy infrastructure and this will create jobs and help economic recovery. At the same time, a focus on affordability for households and for businesses of all sizes, now and during these changes, is essential."

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