Household electricity bills could viably rise by up to 60%, amounting to an extra £350 per family, by 2030 according to official figures originally supressed by ministers.
Following a claim made by the Renewable Energy Foundation under the Freedom of Information Act, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) were forced to reveal data showing the steep cost of subsidies for wind and solar farms and so-called ëgreen measuresí implemented to improve energy efficiency and perversely marketed as cost-effective.
A typical household is expected to be charged £250 more for electricity by the end of this decade alone to fund government-backed green measures, whilst families residing in houses solely powered by electricity could see an extra £440 leaving their pockets.
The data was initially withheld by ministers from their official report made back in November which extolled the money-saving virtues of their proposed amendments to the household fuel bill. Ministers justified this decision through their belief that the data would confuse consumers, stressing that proposed energy efficiency enhancing moves would benefit consumers financially in the long term.
The DECC suggested that a sweeping fall in household energy usage and increased energy efficient measures such as insulation would stop the problem of costs at its root, leading to bills falling. A spokeswoman insinuated that the DECC knew the figures would eventually be published, but implied that the government was acting in consumer interests.
She also stated that : ‘Thanks to Government energy and climate change policies household bills are an estimated £90 lower this year than they would otherwise have been, and by 2020 they are forecast to be even lower.
‘Only by looking at the bill impact figures is it possible to see the full picture’.
However, given consumers current disillusionment with an age of rising bills and plateauing real wage growth, the move has backfired and ministers have been left red-faced and accountable to a great deal of public questioning.
Measures to improve energy efficiency include loft and cavity wall insulation, have both been presented by the state as being cost-free, whilst actually being funded by a somewhat complex taxpayer subsidy system. The nationwide rolling out of smart meters will worsen the financial burden faced by households all the more.
Small-Medium sized businesses will also be subjected to far higher costs, with the data showing they could pay up to 114% by 2030 for their electricity bill.
Dr John Contsable, director of the Renewable Energy Foundation, slammed the government for their perceived duplicity, labelling them ëunsatisfactoryí and stating: ìThe striking scale and increasing trend of the climate policy energy price impacts are bad enough in themselves, but DECCís attempt to conceal these vitally important figures is breathtaking.î
“Energy price impact data is so intrinsically important, and policy transparency so crucial to public trust in government, that very firm intervention is needed to clear the air and ensure that it will not happen again. This sounds like a job for the Prime Minister.î
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