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Green Taxes Will Put Up Energy Bills

Green Taxes Will Put Up Energy Bills

CONTRO­VER­SIAL green taxes are to double over the next few years, slapping nearly £300 on electricity bills, according to official figures.

Critics say the policies are already costing jobs and driving firms to other countries without cutting pollution.

The report by the Department for Energy and Climate Change shows that green policies account for 17 per cent of the average household electricity bill today, but by 2020 this is expected to soar to 33 per cent.

In cash terms the cost of the taxes will rise from about £138 to £286.

The taxes include the Renewables Obligation which subsidises green energy such as wind farms, a tax on carbon emissions to encourage firms to use cleaner energy more efficiently and cash for the vulnerable to help pay for bills.

Other levies include the Energy Company Obligation making energy firms spend £1.1billion over the next two years to make homes energy efficient.

The Coalition faces a battle over energy policies. Prime Minister David Cameron has hinted at cuts to green subsidies while Chancellor George Osborne has made it clear that he does not want them to make Britain uncom­petitive.

Many families are going to struggle to pay their energy bills this winter, but instead of helping, politicians are adding to the problem with expensive green taxes.

Meanwhile Dr Benny Peiser, the director of Lord Lawson’s Global Warming Policy Foundation warned that the DECC figures are “very conservative and are likely to be much higher”.

The DECC says energy efficiency programmes will help cut bills. “It’s the global gas price, not green subsidies, that has primarily been pushing up energy bills,” said a spokesman.

 

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