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A new strategy will be published before the Cop26 climate conference in Glasgow next month, which commits the government to cutting the price of elektrisiteit and imposing a levy on gas bills to fund low-carbon heating, Volgens Die tye.
It comes after PM Boris Johnson said Britain aims to produce “clean power” by 2035 as part of a goal of reaching net zero carbon emissions.
Business Secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has insisted that decarbonising the UK’s power supply would ensure that households are less vulnerable to swings in fossil fuel markets.
Ministers will release a series of consultations before going ahead with the plan, which is likely to start in 2023 and could add £170 a year to gas bills, the newspaper reported.
A spokesman for the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy told the Tye: “We’ll set out our upcoming heat and buildings strategy shortly. No decisions have been made.”
Several Tory MPs have joined Labour and the manufacturing industry to call on the government to support factories and businesses struggling with rising energy bills.
Mr Kwarteng met industry leaders on Friday but they failed to find any solutions, the BBC reports.
Labour has accused the government of being in denial about gas prices, which have risen 250 per cent since January.
Government action needed ‘right now,’ says industry group
A package of measures to tackle rising energy costs are needed “right now” the chairman of the Energy Intensive Users Group (EIUG) gesê het.
Dr Richard Leese told BBC Breakfast: “All across the energy intensive industries, they’re equally affected.
“We’ve seen the curtailment in production in the steel and fertiliser sector – that’s had a knock-on impact into the supply chains in the industrial supply chains and domestic supply chains.
“What we’ve done is lay out to government a winter package of measures that we think is needed to prevent those interruptions in supply chains occurring again.
“It’s needed absolutely right now – gas prices are at an unprecedented level and the businesses that manufacture the goods that we need are trying to operate under these unprecedented conditions.”
Energy prices ‘not sustainable’, factory businesses tell minister
British businesses fear shutdowns of factories within weeks as fuel prices rise.
Yesterday, in an emergency conference call with heavy industries, business secretary Kwasi Kwarteng was warned that electricity costs five times their normal level were “not sustainable” for firms.
Andrew Woodcock en Anna Isaac have the full story
Boris Johnson appoints supply chain tsar to keep supermarket shelves stocked
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