Friday, October 8, 2010

Households face £769-a-year rise in power bills to 'rewire the nation' for green energy

By Sean Poulter, Consumer Affairs Editor
Last updated at 8:13 AM on 5th October 2010

Wind farms: A key part of the strategy

A £200billion plan to switch to green energy could cost households an average of £769 a year, it was claimed today.

Industry regulator, Ofgem, said a massive construction plan is needed to build new wind farms, power stations, including nuclear, and a modern national grid.

The first stage, a £32billion plan to build new pipelines and pylon networks, has been given the go-ahead.

Ofgem said this element will cost households a relatively modest sum of an average of £6 a year.
However, industry analysts said the full £200billion cost would put up the average annual bill of £1,194 by £769 a year - or 68 per cent - to £2,000.

Ofgem defended the need for the expensive building programme, saying: 'Britain needs to be rewired in a smarter way to secure sustainable energy supplies for consumers
'Vital investment in pipes and wires

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