Climate change targets could push up energy billsGreen policies could add 33% to bills by 2020

13 July 2010

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Consumers could see their energy bills rise due to environmentally-friendly government policies, according to a new report.

Government targets for cutting greenhouse gas emissions and increasing renewable energy generation will significantly push up energy bills, according to the report from the think tank Civitas.

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Policies could add 33% to energy bills

The report estimates that Labour's climate change policies added 14% to household energy bills, but that the 'surchage' on bills could go up to 33% by 2020 if last year's renewable energy strategy is implemented.

An 80% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 was one of the government targets listed by the report as being responsible for the possible increase in energy bills.

The further target cited is for 15% of the UK's energy consumption to come from renewable sources - such as solar panels and wind turbines - by 2020. 

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