The lights are going out
Energy revolution could put bills up by a third
Householders face a £300-a-year rise in their gas and electricity bills and significant cuts in how much energy they use if Britain is to “keep the lights on” and meet its climate change targets, the Government has said.
In the Commons, Mr Huhne promised “a clear strategy for creating the 21st-century energy system that this country urgently needs for an affordable, secure, low-carbon future”.
Chris Huhne, the Energy Secretary, outlined plans to transform Britain’s power system and cut carbon emissions by 80 per cent within the next 40 years. He announced 32 separate measures, from the use of smart meters in all homes to a major expansion of renewable energy sources, including a new generation of nuclear power stations and up to 44,000 wind turbines.
He admitted that the cheapest way “to keep the lights on” as energy prices rose was for people to “cut energy use”.
To keep the lights on turn them off.....