The Committee on Climate Change's (CCC) new
report warns that electricity bills could be £600 higher
in 2050 if the UK relies on gas rather than switching to a
low-carbon power system.
But on the
Today programme this morning presenter John Humphreys
accused the head of the CCC of "disregarding" the potential impact
of cheap shale gas on lowering energy bills. As the UK's energy
future continues to look uncertain, we look at the CCC
Energy bills up to 2020
In the report, the CCC reiterates its
earlier assessment that green policy measures will add
around £100 to consumer energy bills by 2020.
Energy efficiency measures will reduce bills a bit, but
increasing wholesale energy costs, costs from environmental
policies and the cost of paying for upgrading energy transmission
networks will push bills up overall.
The CCC points out that households which rely mainly on
electricity for heating will see a bigger impact - up to £400
page 27). Policies will be needed to limit this effect, the CCC