UK must end gas dependency to tackle soaring fuel prices
Reacting to news today that average gas and electricity prices for SSE customers will rise by 8.2% next month, Friends of the Earth Energy Campaigner Donna Hume said:
“On the very day the weather turns cold, cash-strapped households are bracing themselves for massive hikes in their energy bills, driven by the nation’s dependency on increasingly expensive gas.
“The Big Six have been reaping bumper profits by keeping the nation hooked on costly fossil fuels for far too long – it’s time to fix our broken energy system.
“Ministers must take action by adding a clear clean power target to its Energy Bill to encourage investors to develop the UK’s huge renewable potential, create thousands of jobs and build an energy system we can all afford.”
Notes to editors:
1. Earlier this year the Committee on Climate Change said: “In a report on the Electricity Market Reform published today, the Committee on Climate Change presents new analysis showing that there are significant economic benefits from investing in a portfolio of low-carbon technologies through the 2020s rather than investing in gas-fired generation. The report finds that investment in a portfolio of low-carbon technologies could save consumers £25-45 billion, rising to £100 billion with higher gas and carbon prices.
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