Huhne blames fossil fuels for British Gas price hike
- Published on Friday, 08 July 2011 10:25
- Posted by Scott Buckler
Responding to this morning’s price announcement by British Gas, Energy and Climate Change Secretary Chris Huhne said (July 8th)
“Britain’s consumers are being buffeted by the violent and unpredictable winds of global fossil fuel prices.
“I refuse to stand by and watch this happen.
“I’m pushing the big six suppliers to help their customers overhaul their draughty homes and understand the best tariffs on offer, and I’m backing new entrants to bring more competition to the market.
“But there’s a way out of this. Look at how the French benefit from only relying on fossil fuels for a fraction of their power - bills there are only expected to rise by 3% this year.
“The UK electricity market has to change, so that we escape the cycle of fossil fuel addiction. Alternatives like renewables and nuclear power must be allowed to become the dominant component of our energy mix.
“Only radical reform now will give us the best chance in the long run of keeping the lights on at a price that doesn’t wreck our economy over and over again.”