Green leadership pushes many Brits into fuel poverty

In its quest to lead the world toward green energy, the UK government is pushing energy consumers rapidly toward fuel poverty by its own definition. A UK household officially encounters fuel poverty when spending on electricity and natural gas as a share of income reaches 10%. According to an Oct. 10 article by David Blair in the Financial Times, the British are heading there fast. Since 2004, Blair reported, the average bill for dual-fuel customers—those who rely on the same supplier for gas and electricity—energy costs have risen more than six times faster than household incomes since 2004. The UK government blames oil and gas markets. But it has been adding costs, too, with aggressive ...

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