The news has been full of outrage about recent raises in energy prices, with the ‘Big Six’ suppliers hiking their prices by between 8-11%, just as the winter heating season starts.
As usual, there’s been a lot of dis-information in the media, an in particular ‘green taxes’ are getting the blame: of course this is a gross distortion of the truth.
The so-called ‘green taxes’, which include energy efficiency measures for the poorest households, as well as incentives to help encourage renewable technologies, make up less than 9% of the typical fuel bill rise since 2004, and just £10 of the overall rise in energy bills in 2013.
Most of the £520 rise in fuel bills since 2004 is actually due to the increase in whole-sale gas prices, because gas is used both to heat most homes, and to generate electricity. Remember that ‘peak oil’ thing? Yeah, that.
In fact, this year’s relatively large energy price rises are just the beginning of what will happen if we don’t move away from fossil fuels, and towards more renewables; remember that once you build a wind-turbine, your fuel is free, for ever, whereas for gas and other fossil fuels (and nuclear), building the power station is just part of the cost of producing energy, and fuel costs are out of your control.
Add to this the externalities of fossil fuels, such as the so-called Death Print (e.g. the 170,000 deaths per trillion kWh for coal), and it’s clear that the small fraction of ‘green taxes’ is worth paying.
Ealing Transition has entered into partnership with Good Energy, a green energy supplier whose electricity comes from certified renewables like sunshine, wind and rain. They’re not only developing new wind and solar farms across the country, they also support a growing community of over 52,000 independent renewable generators across the country, who are making the most of the natural elements around them. And they’re normally cheaper than the Big Six’s standard tariffs. Switch to Good Energy with Ealing Transition, and they’ll pay £25 to us, helping us continue our work .