Analysis of SSE's price rise shows their blaming "green taxes" is wrong.

Damian Carrington in the Guardian: “The overwhelming reasons for power bills soaring are that fossil fuels are getting more expensive and that two decades of underinvestment by energy companies in the UK’s now creaking energy system has left customers with a steep bill to catch up.”
“It therefore follows that the best way to keep bills down is getting off the fossil fuel hook and dramatically improving the nation’s appalling level of energy efficiency.
Yet the raging debate over energy bills is all too often dominated by those dreaded “green taxes” which critics claim are rocketing bills into the stratosphere. That claim is demonstrably false and the 8.2% price rise announced on Thursday by SSE provides the perfect example.
SSE’s own figures, analysed by Reg Platt at the IPPR think tank, show the rise equates to £93 a year. Of that, £23 is due to rising wholesale energy costs and £28 for investment in the grid and meters. VAT adds £5 and another £23 is unaccounted for, but will include SSE’s own costs, profit and projected rises for the next year, during which SSE has pledged to freeze its tarfiffs. That all means that just one sixth of SSE’s rise – £15 – is due to the rise in government “green taxes”.
Half of those “green taxes” are in fact for social programmes (see graphic below) that help keep the poor and old a bit warmer in winter, by better insulating their homes. The other half goes on supporting the clean and renewable energy that will reduce householders exposure to future rises in fossil fuel costs. Yes, “green taxes” will probably double by 2020, but the bill savings they deliver will last decades.”
So, despite “green taxes” being only a small part of the reason for rising bills and being the only part of the rising costs that actually helps reduce future bills, the assault against them continues.
SSE’s own press release complains that “government-imposed levies on energy bills” have gone up 13%, network costs have gone up 10% and wholesale energy costs in global energy markets have gone up 4%. When its presented like that, by energy companies and many newspapers, it’s little wonder people fear that “green taxes” are out of control.”