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Report: 54% hike in household power bills by 2020

Domestic energy bills in the UK will rise by 54% by 2020, driven by a combination of rising wholesale prices and green energy measures, according to new analysis.

A paper published by Bloomberg New Energy Finance calculates that the average household energy bill will climb from £454 to £699 by the end of the decade.

In the past two months, the ‘big six’ energy companies in the UK have announced above-inflation bill gas and electricity increases for consumers.

Bloomberg New Energy Finance warns British customers that this trend will continue driven partly by large-scale investment in low carbon energy generation planned under government electricity market reforms.

Its research projects that low carbon policies will account for 40% of the likely bill increases by 2020 and rising wholesale prices for around 28%.

Mike Lawn, head of power research at Bloomberg New Energy Finance, said: “These electricity price increases will reflect the fact that the UK is transforming its mix of generation, pushing renewables close to 30% by 2020, largely at the expense of coal, and with a greater dependence on rising gas prices. The only way households and businesses can mitigate the impact of higher electricity bills will be by improving energy efficiency.”

Solar Power Portal
Date: 14/12/2012
Author: Ben Willis

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