Energy efficiency schemes ‘not morally defensible’, say big six

Members of the big six energy firms have told MPs that green levies must be paid for through taxation to reduce their impact on the fuel poor

The government’s energy efficiency schemes are “not even morally defensible” as long as they are paid for through energy bills, according to William Morris, managing director of SSE.

Morris made the comment on 29 October before a testy meeting of the House of Commons Energy and Climate Change Committee to discuss recent rises in energy bills.

“The [cost of] government environmental and social schemes... will increase significantly [soon],” he said. “We would like to see those costs off customer bills and into general taxation.

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