Poorer Homes Could Be Exempted From Paying Green Energy Taxes

  • Date: 28/08/17
  • Mail on Sunday

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.

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.

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 c**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.

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