Tuesday 22nd May 2012 | 15:05
Which?: Response to Government's Draft Energy Bill
Which? press release
Which? executive director Richard Lloyd said:
"The Government is right to address the complex issue of future
electricity generation and how best to invest in low carbon power.
However, there are many unknowns and whilst it is encouraging to hear
the Energy Secretary promising that these plans will be good news for
consumers we want to see more evidence and the small print before we can
judge whether this will work for all of us who are expected to foot the
"The Government must be transparent and allow full scrutiny of these
reforms, particularly on the contract negotiations for new low carbon
generation. Contracts for Difference could see potential savings for
consumers but the Government must be honest about the cost that this
investment will involve.
"Alongside the measures in the draft Energy Bill, we also want to see
comprehensive reform of the retail market to ensure it works for
consumers and an effective energy efficiency strategy to help many more
people save money. Ministers must have consumers and the affordability
of household bills foremost in their minds as they develop these proposals further."