Committee for climate change - low-carbon policies account for only £10 of energy bill increases

There is a lot of news this week about the energy price rises and various people are blaming carbon and social policies for these increases.  Below is an article from the CCC, the governments own committee, explaining in detail the breakdown of these actual costs. 

In order that discussion remains fact based, we thought it appropriate to repeat some of the key findings from our energy prices and bills reports. This note also includes a new estimate that energy bills will have to increase by around £10 (1%) to cover costs of low-carbon policies in 2013/14.
  1. ­ Annual energy bills for the typical dual fuel household (i.e. a household using gas for heating and electricity for lights and appliances) increased by £520 between 2004 and 2012, from £610 to £1,130.
  2. ­ The vast majority of this increase is due to changes in the international price of gas.
  3. ­ Around £30 of the increase is due to policies which support investment in low-carbon technologies, with a £45 increase due to support for investment in energy efficiency improvement, which improves energy affordability for vulnerable consumers.
Investment in low-carbon power generation technologies over the next two decades is a strategy which offers significant benefits compared to the alternative of focusing on investment in conventional gas-fired generation.

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