The Green Party Policy on Energy Prices

Over 1.5 million children are growing up in cold homes. Illness relating to fuel poverty costs the NHS over £1 billion every year, and we have a higher number of people struggling to pay their energy bills than every European country other than Estonia. Meanwhile, the profits of the Big Six energy companies doubled between 2008 and 2010.

For the past two years, the Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, Caroline Lucas, has been a vocal supporter of the Big Six Energy Fix campaign, which is calling for a price cap and a public inquiry into the large energy companies.

We welcome the current party political and public debate about soaring fuel bills, and the structure of the UK energy market. Energy efficiency and transition to renewables should be central to the Government’s plans for the whole economy. The following paper sets out the Party’s vision for a low-carbon, affordable energy future, and summarises our position on the key policies announced by Labour and the Conservatives.

The Green Party’s vision for a low carbon, affordable energy future

We believe it is a scandal that the big energy companies are increasing bills and making large profits when many people are struggling with high bills and cold homes, and welcome the growing support for this view, sadly, by focussing on headline grabbing schemes, both main parties are sidelining meaningful solutions to the energy bill crisis:

Super Energy Efficiency

The only permanent solution to the energy bill crisis is to make all homes much more energy efficient – easy and cheap to heat so they become fuel poverty-proof. Doing so would also create hundreds of thousands of much needed jobs. Continue reading

Caroline Lucas MP reacts to Cameron’s “Green Crap” comment

Commenting on reports that the Prime Minister has dismissed fuel bill
levies that fund energy efficiency measures, as “green crap”, Caroline
Lucas, Green Party MP for Brighton Pavilion, said:

“These levies include funding for energy efficiency measures which help
low income households cope with soaring energy prices.

“Whatever language the Prime Minister has used to describe them, his
determination to roll them back says everything about his contempt for
the most vulnerable, and his lack of interest in serious action to
tackle climate change, or to bring down fuel prices in the long term

“By focusing the debate on green levies, which represent only a
fraction of energy bills, the Government is obscuring the real reason
for rising costs – which is the increasing wholesale price of gas, and
the profits of the Big Six energy companies.

“If the Prime Minister really wanted to help families with their fuel
bills, he’d be investing in a major energy efficiency programme to
super-insulate the country’s housing stock. This would bring nine out
of ten homes out of fuel poverty, quadruple carbon savings, and create
up to 200,000 jobs.”