17 Dec '12, 1pm

Edward Davey speech to the Fair Energy Summit,

Energy bills are a major expense for British households, and a significant cost for British businesses too. Ensuring that consumers get a good deal, with affordable bills from suppliers genuinely competing for their custom, is one of my top priorities. And I look forward to the contribution that this summit will make to debate in this area. I want to set the scene by setting out some of the facts, and putting to bed one or two myths which I think have been muddying the waters recently. Main drivers of bills The first point to remember is that wholesale energy costs make up around half of household energy bills – even more for industrial energy users. Wholesale energy costs have been the major factor driving recent increases in consumer energy bills. For example, UK wholesale gas prices, driven by the global markets, have doubled since 2007. Network costs have increased too...

Full article: http://www.decc.gov.uk/en/content/cms/news/edd_fairenersp...

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