18 Jan 2008 05:01:30
Call for consumers to champion green electricity tariffs
If more UK consumers demand green energy tariffs it will increase the pressure on electricity producers to invest in renewable energies.
That's the message from Mark Todd, co-founder of energyhelpline.com, who told Channel 4 News that it would take a significant increase in the number of people taking up green tariffs to persuade energy producers that more action was needed.
He drew attention to the fact that customers on green tariffs have suffered from the same price rises as those on conventional price scales.
"There is large part of the UK population who say 'I want a green tariff now', but UK electricity providers couldn't provide that. We can only provide four per cent or five per cent," Mr Todd told the broadcaster.
"So if we all said 'we want a green tariff now' then they would have to start building and they would have to start creating generation capacity. That would get all our CO2 emissions down
Earlier today (January 18th), British Gas, the UK's largest energy supplier, announced it was increasing electricity and gas bills by 15 per cent for 13 million of its customers, with immediate effect.