Green energy plans ‘disadvantage rural areas’
Calor Gas has warned that despite claims that green energy will bring down household bills, DECC’s own estimate of the impact on electricity prices in 2020 arising from their energy and climate change policies predict a 27% rise.
Paul Blacklock, head of strategy at Calor Gas, said,
"Calor has concerns relating to Government energy and housing policies which we believe are unfairly disadvantaging rural citizens. The Prime Minister has previously stated that ‘green energy must be affordable’ yet the cost of proposed energy policy, and the drive to make all new homes zero-carbon, could severely impact rural residents and potentially hamper the recovery of the housing market, and the wider economy."
Calor said the problem is exacerbated by a slowdown in house building in rural areas and tighter building regulations as part of the drive towards Zero Carbon Homes by 2016.
It is estimates that elements of the revision of Building Regulations could add over £16,000 per unit to the cost of rural new build.
MPs will discuss the green economic sector tomorrow in a debate granted by the Backbench Business Committee.