Energy Bills To Fall As Billions In ‘Green Crap’ Subsidies Axed

  • Date: 24/01/17
  • Daniel Martin, Daily Mail

Household energy bills are set to fall after ministers unveiled plans to slash green subsidies, it emerged yesterday.

Billions of pounds are handed out by the Government to wind farm and solar energy firms every year, with families and manufacturers picking up the cost.

These climate change subsidies add around £110 a year to a household’s average bill.

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Theresa May plans to slash green subsidies to wind farm and solar energy firms

Theresa May plans to slash green subsidies to wind farm and solar energy firms

Theresa May’s industrial strategy, published yesterday, suggested that these levies should be dramatically reduced to help steel plants, which pay for emissions, compete overseas.

This help for industry would have the knock-on effect of bringing down household bills, Government sources said.

The move will be seen as another example of the Prime Minister rowing back on David Cameron’s green legacy. Even he got tired of the environmental agenda after a while, telling his ministers in private to ‘get rid of the green crap’.

The document detailing the new industrial strategy said that while subsidies had originally been needed to ensure green energy firms could make a profit, that is now no longer the case.

‘The transition to low-carbon – and the securing of our energy supplies – must be done in a way which minimises the cost to business and domestic consumers,’ it said.

‘Subsidies and other forms of state support have played an important role in creating markets for new technologies and driving down their costs.

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The PM announced the slashing of the green subsidies as part of her new industrial strategy at a regional Cabinet meeting in Runcorn yesterday

The PM announced the slashing of the green subsidies as part of her new industrial strategy at a regional Cabinet meeting in Runcorn yesterday

‘But it is important that we move steadily to an operating model in which competitive markets deliver the energy on which our country depends.’

At present, energy-intensive industries pay around £20 for every ton of carbon dioxide they emit. This money goes towards subsidies to green energy firms.

But steel firms are among manufacturers saying the huge costs make them uncompetitive on world markets.

The new strategy would cut these firms’ energy costs by cutting Government subsidies for offshore wind farms. This would also bring down household costs – as families also contribute towards the subsidies on their bills.

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see also: Household energy bills will fall under plans to cut green subsidies, Government announces

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