UK’s poorest customers could dodge green taxes

The poorest customers in the UK could be made exempt from paying the green energy taxes included as part of bills. Energy regulator Ofgem is currently consulting consumer groups and power companies on proposals for a safeguard tariff, which would mean more than two million customers could gain an additional layer of protection when it […]

npower’s 2.5% price cut finally arrives

Energy supplier npower’s price drop on the back of a cut in government levies is finally kicking in. The price cut on Friday (28 February) will trim £33 a year off the average npower dual fuel energy bill. This brings their average bill down from £1,332 to £1,299 a year on top of a further […]

£54 cut in energy bills for ScottishPower customers

ScottishPower has confirmed plans to cut its gas and electricity prices for domestic customers by 3.3% this year. The reduction means around 2.2 million householders paying by monthly direct debit will see their dual fuel bill drop to £1,199 per year, which will come into effect on 31st January. The energy supplier will cut £42 […]

MPs say green levies WON’T increase bills in longer term

MPs have told the Government green levies won’t increase energy bills in the long term, undercutting pledges from Prime Minister David Cameron on the issue. The Prime Minister has repeated his resolve to “roll back” green levies and changes to these are expected in the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement on Thursday (5 December). But Joan Walley MP, […]

Suppliers rush to drop energy bills after policy change

British Gas, SSE, ScottishPower and npower today indicated they will drop their domestic energy bills on the back of changes to government policy. DECC is swapping the cost of insulating poor households – the social and environmental levy ECO – from energy bills to general taxes and spreading this cost over a longer period of […]

Number 10 denies Cameron told ministers to cut "green crap"

Downing Street has denied that the Prime Minister David Cameron told ministers to get rid of “this green crap” – referring to the environmental levies on consumers’ energy bills. A newspaper quoted an unnamed Tory source as saying: “The prime minister is going round Number 10 saying: ‘We have got to get rid of all […]

"10,000 jobs could be lost if green levies are scrapped"

More than 10,000 jobs in construction and insulation could be lost if the Government decides to cut green levies on energy bills. That’s according to the UK Green Building Council, which warned some could even go as early as Christmas. The Prime Minister David Cameron has said he want to “roll back” the levies to […]

Single carbon price 'should replace green policies’

The UK Government should scrap its range of green levies and replace them with a “single and consistent” carbon price to achieve carbon reduction targets and tackle climate change. That’s the suggestion from the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS), which claims the vast number of “complex, incoherent and less effective” Government policies aimed at reducing […]

Renewable subsidies ‘won’t be touched’ by PM’s green levies review

Prime Minister David Cameron’s review of green levies won’t touch renewable subsidies for solar power and wind, a statement from the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) suggests. The department’s tacit ring-fencing of the Renewables Obligation and the Feed-in Tariff has reassured green energy trade groups worried by the mixed messages from Downing Street. […]

Energy Minister to be quizzed on “harmful” energy subsidies

Business and Energy Minister Michael Fallon will be quizzed by MPs tomorrow about which UK energy subsidies could be “harmful”. He will appear before MPs on the Environmental Audit Committee alongside officials from the Treasury, the Department for International Development and UK Export Finance. How much support the taxpayer gives to different power sources has […]