Reducing dependence on fossil fuels will help consumers

Responding to this morning’s price announcement by SSE, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said:”This is very unwelcome news for households struggling to pay their energy bills. “The fact […]

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By Tom Gibson

Responding to this morning’s price announcement by SSE, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said:”This is very unwelcome news for households struggling to pay their energy bills.

The fact remains however that unless we reduce our dependence on fossil fuels, if we remain hostage to the international gas prices which are the main cause of these increases, we can just expect more of the same.”

The Energy Secretary said that consumers can reduce the impact of price rises through government measures: “The Government is taking a range of steps to help people through these hard times, including introduction of the Warm Home Discount to help tackle fuel poverty, clearer billing information to help consumers find out if they are getting the best deal and switch tariff if they are not, and energy efficiency measures such as loft and cavity wall insulation to cut waste and keep bills down.”

He added: “Our proposals to reform the electricity market will deliver the best deal for Britain and for consumers: getting us off the hook of relying on imported oil and gas by creating a greener, cleaner and ultimately cheaper mix of electricity sources right here in the UK.”