A new report from The Department of Energy and Climate Change came out in the last few days on fuel poverty, with fear growing that rising fuel bills could push 300,000 households into fuel poverty by Christmas. Indeed with every 1% rise in fuel bills a further 40,000 homes are pushed into the fuel poor bracket. So what is to be done? The Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation (ECO) look to encourage households to make energy efficiency improvements but a report by the Institute for Public Policy Research has shown that "the distributional impact of energy bill increases resulting from the policy will be regressive for the majority of households". The IPPR suggest using The Low-Income, Low-Efficiency Area approach to tackling fuel poverty, which in essence will target specific areas of the country where there is a high density of fuel poverty households.
Anyone want to hazard a guess at what this (European) gas price graph will look like by the end of winter? Demand Energy Equality would like to highlight that Mr Osborne's current "dash for gas" is likely to increase energy costs further whereas a focus on renewables would be cheaper for consumers.
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