Energy bills going up? Blame the hippies, say npower
As we all know, our energy bills have been rocketing and everyone has been pointing the finger of blame at the suppliers. However, npower say that the industry isn't to blame, and in fact, the main reason for the rise is the cost of government initiatives to encourage greener energy production.
Of course, it isn't all tree-hugging nonsense as many of the UK's current coal, gas and nuclear power stations are reaching the end of their lives. However, this low-carbon bill isn't being picked up by the energy companies like the government hoped and it is being passed on to us.
Not only that, the estimates for upgrading Britain’s energy system were too low, which means a big impact on what we pay.
What could happen is that we end up with expensive electricity, thanks to the 'green tax' and, thanks to a need for a back-up power supply, the whole thing might not be that green at all. With that, npower reckon the cost of supporting low carbon technologies would add £82 to the bill by the end of the decade.
Npower gloomily added that transportation costs will add an additional £114 to the average energy bill by 2020.
The government aren't having it, with Energy and Climate Change Minister Greg Barker saying: "Gas prices not green policies have been primarily pushing up energy bills. That is why it is vital we crack on with securing investment in a diverse energy mix that includes renewables and new nuclear, as well as gas."