Stop the Energy Swindle
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I understand your concerns about energy prices and that is why I welcomed the Prime Minister’s personal commitment to help get energy bills down. Helping households with the cost of living and their energy bills is a priority of this Government.

However, it is important to note that recent increases in energy bills have mainly been as a result of rising international prices for fossil fuels and not climate change policies. Around 60 per cent of the increase in household energy bills between 2010 and 2012 was as a result of this. The calculations used in the ‘Stop the Energy Swindle’ campaign are incorrect and the Secretary of State, Ed Davey, has written to the Taxpayers’ Alliance setting this out.

The Department of Energy and Climate Change estimates that by 2020 household energy bills will be on average £166 lower than they would be if nothing was done.

Policies which help decarbonise the UK’s energy supplies will reduce the vulnerability of UK energy prices to movements in fossil fuel prices. Were the UK not to act, the country’s energy supplies would become much more dependent on imports, more vulnerable to volatility in global fossil fuel prices, and there would be a far higher chance of disruptive blackouts.

The carbon price floor brings certainty and support for low-carbon investment which is vital as we move to a low-carbon future. A market-based approach to pricing carbon provides the most efficient and cost-effective framework to meet our environmental goals and minimise the overall cost to consumers.

The Government has always been clear that a diverse energy mix is best for Britain. Coal generation can continue to play a significant role in our future energy mix through carbon capture and storage, and shale gas has the potential to create thousands of jobs, bring in billions in tax revenues and secure our energy supply for the future, keeping energy costs low for households and businesses.

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