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The View from 22 special — Fuel Wars: how to get the best deal for the consumers

15 April 2013

In association in Centrica

How can consumers ensure they are receiving the best possible deal for their energy bills? In this special View from 22 podcast, the Spectator’s political editor James Forsyth discusses issues within in the energy market and some potential solutions for getting the lowest possible energy bills. Is shale gas the answer? Do green subsidies need to be cut? And is the government doing enough to help the consumer?

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Joining the panel are the Rt Hon Peter Lilley MP, Conservative MP for Hitchin and Harpenden and member of the Select Committee on Climate Change, Peter Moorey, Principal Advocate for Which? Consumer Review services and Ian Peters, the Managing Director of British Gas.

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The View from 22 in association with Centrica — Fuel wars. Length: 21:40

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  • evad666

    How to get the best deal for consumers? Simple start to tax companies heavily which do not invest in their own infrastructure.
    How much corporation tax have the power companies paid of late?
    How much Green Tax am I paying on my bill to support EU and Green Policies while some leaders coin it from Green subsidies?

  • itdoesntaddup

    Remarkable. 20 minutes of blather without once mentioning the impact of the LCPD, or that the entire reason for spending a fortune on the grid is to stop it from collapsing while dealing with windmills, even though the electricity we consume is down sharply over the past few years. One benefit: it seems a Which? subscription is identified as a waste of money. Only Lilley’s statement that nothing can be done while the Lib Dems run DECC hinted that the real problem is government (and EU) policy.

  • AnotherDaveB

    Super programme. Many thanks for assembling such an excellent panel.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Fuel Wars: how to get the best deal for the consumers


    • perdix

      Another ukip bandwagon, I see. You want it? ukip will give it! Sorry, but ukip will never be in government.

  • Daniel Maris

    1. Create a green energy fund to be funded through Quantitative Easing, general taxation and converted stamp duty (see below). This will take over from the Green Deal to provide free insulation and photovoltaic panelling for social housing and pensioners in private housing (to an upper limit).

    2. Convert stamp duty into an energy levy part of which can be reclaimed by the owner to insulate their property, install photovoltaic panels and purchase green energy bonds. The new owner will then have reduced bills and receive revenue from energy generation.

    3. Ensure all communities benefit wind turbines installed in their area.

    4. Invest in energy storage technology, which is going to a huge export market.

  • Radford_NG

    I don’t think it improves the happy day publishing a photo which seems to show,to the uninitiated,dirty smoke coming out of a power station at sun-set when this is in fact steam from the cooling towers.

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