01 Mar '12, 11am

Are the 'Big Six' energy companies blocking renewables in the UK?

Are the 'Big Six' energy companies blocking renewables in the UK?

Huge profits announced by EDF and Centrica recently have sparked further debate about the behaviour of the so-called 'big six' energy companies and their stranglehold of the energy market. At worst they may not only be overcharging customers but also holding back a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make the transition to renewable energy. With many of the UK's coal and gas power stations coming to the end of their life and the Government planning to reform the electricity market in May, an opportunity has arisen to firmly establish renewable sources of energy in the country - and get us on track to meet the ‘zero-carbon electricity by 2030’ target set by the Committee on Climate Change (CCC). However, critics believe the UK is conceding control of its future energy policy to companies such as EDF and British Gas/Centrica, who have been successfully lobbying the case for ...

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