UK government claims climate policies lower energy bills.

Leo Hickman in the Guardian: “It is welcome news that the government has recognised that it must be honest and “transparent” with the public about the impact of its policies on energy bills. Without this, the misinformation and scaremongering over green taxes, etc, will not just continue largely uncontested but magnify, too. But….” “…..despite the depth of detail it has provided in its new analysis, I still feel the conclusions presented today need to be taken with a fistful of salt. How can we take anyone too seriously when they try to state¬†with any degree of certainty – even if based on three scenarios – what energy prices will be seven years from now, let alone 17 years from now? Yes, we can determine a likely trend but precise forecasts such as “¬£166 by 2020” are quickly smothered by caveats and smallprint. / Not only are fuel prices near impossible to forecast in the current climate – beyond making the safe bet that they will continue to head north in the short-to-medium term – but we also have to consider all the other variables, too, not least the ever-shifting political sands, not just here in the UK, but across the EU and beyond. / It is, therefore, tremendously hard to answer with clarity and certainty the headline question of whether climate policies will help to lower energy bills. What we do seem to have established today, though, is that to reduce the rise of energy bills – as opposed to actually reducing them – then householders (and businesses) will need to invest in as many energy efficiency measures and new A+++-rated products as possible. Which, of course, will come at a cost. Again, it’s next to impossible to work out if that will achieve a net reduction in spending on energy bills overall.”