This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government
08 July 2011
Responding to this morning’s price announcement by British Gas, Energy and Climate Change Secretary The Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP said:
“This announcement will be tough for consumers who are already struggling to meet their bills. The uncomfortable truth is Britain’s consumers are being buffeted by the violent and unpredictable winds of global fossil fuel prices.
“I refuse to stand by and watch this happen.
“I’m pushing the big six suppliers to help their customers overhaul their draughty homes and understand the best tariffs on offer, and I’m backing new entrants to bring more competition to the market.
“But there’s a way out of this. Look at how the French benefit from only relying on fossil fuels for a fraction of their power - bills there are only expected to rise by 3% this year.
“The UK electricity market has to change, so that we escape the cycle of fossil fuel addiction. Alternatives like renewables and nuclear power must be allowed to become the dominant component of our energy mix.
“Only radical reform now will give us the best chance in the long run of keeping the lights on at a price that doesn’t wreck our economy over and over again.”
Notes for editors
Next week The Rt Hon Chris Huhne MP will publish a White Paper on Electricity Market Reform, a critical moment in keeping the lights on, consumer bills down and shifting the UK economy away from a high risk, high carbon future.
DECC Ministers have taken a number of other recent steps aimed at ensuring consumers get a better deal: