They don't like him. Left wife, Liberal Democrat in the Tory Cabinet, and in charge of climate change. Noticed this is my parents' print edition the other day.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... nergy.html
The £1,000 is the estimate by analysts at UniCredit bank. And it's in 2030.
The government put the figure at £160. But the Mail's work out the problem with that.
However, this relies on an assumption that families will cut their annual energy use in the home by 30 per cent over the same period.
So discount that energy efficiency might improve a fair bit in the next 19 years and you get..... not £1,000.
There is to be fair a more credible source.
Industry regulator Ofgem calculates that the work will cost more than £200billion by 2020. It has also talked of a rise of 52 per cent in bills – which equates to around £600 a year.
This sounds worth a look. But £600 isn't as much as £1,000, so fuck it.
The revelations keep coming:
Separately, there will be a carbon tax regime to raise the minimum price for power generated from gas and coal to ensure it is not cheaper than wind and nuclear power.
Money raised from this regime, estimated at £1.4billion a year by 2014, would go straight into Treasury coffers.
Tax. Going to the Treasury. Fuck, that's sly.
And a sighting of this old favourite windbag:
Dr Benny Peiser, of the Global Warming Policy Foundation, rejected the Coalition’s figure of a £160 rise in bills, saying: ‘This is fanciful, it has just been plucked out of the air.’
Dr Peiser said there is no global shortage of gas and that Britain itself could be sitting on a gas gold mine, which would power homes for decades.
Huhne's banned Britain from exploring for gas? It might power homes for longer than a few decades if we don't all use it at once. No carbon targets or anything then?
As ever, a more heavyweight expert gets put at the end, and ignored by the headline writer:
‘You can have blackouts or you can have investment. Which do you want?’
Dr Robert Gross, director of the Centre for Energy Policy and Technology at Imperial College, rejected the warnings of a £1,000 rise in energy bills, saying: ‘I have not seen any credible analysis that suggests bills will double unless a complete mess is made of the financing.’
Top rated commenter had rediscovered an affection for coal he lost in the eighties. Because the important thing is to "stuff the EU"
We should be using our coal reserves, and building new generation coal burning power stations. I saw a figure once that we have 300 years of coal reserves left. The emphasis should be on using clean coal burning technology to effectively use these resources. India and China are burning lots of coal, and we have to compete with them!! Stuff the EU and all its silly Carbon Legislation!!!
- Peter, Guildford, UK, 13/7/2011 1:13