Rising energy costs move up political agenda

The Financial Times’ energy correspondent, David Blair,  reports that “Higher energy costs are likely to become one of the most sensitive issues in British politics, according to analysts, after Scottish and Southern Energy became the third utility in quick succession to announce a big increase in customer bills.”

This article follows the announcement of SSE’s decision on Thursday to increase gas and electricity charges by 18 and 11 per cent respectively, which will leave a typical dual-fuel customer paying £1,265 a year. Also included, are energy secretary Chris Huhne’s comments, describing SSE’s decision as “very unwelcome news”, adding that it justified his aim to “reduce our dependence on fossil fuels” and create a “greener, cleaner and ultimately cheaper mix of electricity sources.”

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