Poorer homes could be exempted from paying green energy taxes 

Posted: August 29, 2017 by oldbrew in Energy, government, ideology, Politics
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Energy costs on the rise

This is the official admission that ‘green energy’ costs due to ideologically-based policies are a significant portion of, and reason for, fast-rising UK domestic energy bills.

Poorer customers could be exempted from paying ‘green’ energy taxes included in bills and pay just for what they use under plans being drawn up by leading power firms, says the GWPF.

Energy regulator Ofgem is consulting consumer groups and power companies on proposals for a ‘safeguard’ tariff, which would protect 2.2 million customers.

This follows on from Prime Minister Theresa May’s pre-Election pledge to cut £100 from 17 million family energy bills.

Energy regulator Ofgem is consulting consumer groups and power companies on proposals for a ‘safeguard’ tariff, which would protect 2.2 million customers.

Now leading energy firms are preparing to tell Ofgem that vulnerable customers could have their bills cut by being made exempt from paying ‘the green cr*p’, as former Prime Minister David Cameron famously called environmental levies.

British Gas has said the cost of funding Government policies on environmental targets is a bigger share of household electricity bills than wholesale energy costs.

It said these policies now make up 15 per cent of the electricity part of a standard tariff dual-fuel bill, while the wholesale cost of electricity is 12 per cent.

Source: Poorer Homes Could Be Exempted From Paying Green Energy Taxes | The Global Warming Policy Forum (GWPF)

  1. Graeme No.3 says:

    So, to regain the costs of renewables lost by exemptions, the costs to those NOT exempt will be increased. That will lead to a new definition of those voters in need of subsidies, hence further confusion.

  2. ivan says:

    The simple answer would be to repeal the Climate Change Act and any subsidies, handouts and special deals associated with it.

    That would fix the low income problem as well as the potential problems of the grid caused by unreliables being connected to it. Unfortunately there isn’t anyone in parliament with the balls to propose that let alone do it.

  3. oldbrew says:

    ivan – the CC act requires the government to take advice from the Climate Change Committee before taking any related steps. Abolition of the CC Act itelf is not likely to appeal to them :/

  4. oldbrew says:

    Consider who has to pay for all this, if it goes ahead…

    Windfarm could boost Scottish economy by £827 million

    Developers call on RSPB Scotland to let project go ahead


    It still delivers next to nothing at times when it’s not windy, or too windy. Obviously those times are not decided by humans – unlike peak demand periods, for example.

  5. Bitter&twisted says:

    No subsidies = lower bills.
    Why can’t the cretins in Government see this?
    Because they are cretins.

  6. ivan says:

    oldbrew, as far as I know the requirement for the government to take advice from the CCC is only if they want to make changes to the provisions of the act. Repealing the act bypasses that but as I said there is no one with balls enough to do anything about it.

  7. oldbrew says:

    The govt is going to subsidise people who can’t afford to pay their share of govt mandated subsidies.
    Genius 😭

  8. Derek Colman says:

    Yet another scheme which will put me in the class of inbetweenies. I am poor enough to find it a struggle to pay my energy bills, but because I am a bit above the level to claim any state benefits, I will be excluded, as usual. The only truly just way is to remove these costs entirely from energy bills, and add them to general taxation. In that way each will pay according to their means. I am heartily sick of being not quite poor enough to claim the perks that benefit claimants get. If my income was just £50 a week less, I would qualify for £35 a week pension credit, free insulation, free boiler replacement, a few other small benefits, and now reduced power bills. All of which make me no better off than people who never paid in to a private pension scheme. I paid all that money for nothing.

  9. BoyfromTottenham says:

    Derek, I think (1) you need to find a dodgy accountant that can find ways around this, like the wealthier do, or (2) emigrate. Or (3) maybe set up a blog to share your well-justified disgruntledness with the millions of others that are no doubt out there, longing for a safe haven populated by their peers. Option (4) – Like us in Australia, ‘vote the b@stards out’ is obviously not on the cards just now. Then there is only Option (5) – be patient and hope that things eventually improve, if you have time to wait. But I wish you good luck, whichever option you choose.