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What is the test of a free energy market working?

You can forget power on Christmas Day, energy firms told "customers"

You can forget power on Christmas Day, energy firms told “customers”

UPDATE: Conservative Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, has also voiced his concerns over the unacceptable delay in returning power to thousands of customers cut off by stormy weather just before Christmas with many left without power on Christmas Day and onwards.

Mr Paterson said power companies had “let their customers down badly” and UK Power Networks CEO Basil Scarsella said his company “could and should have done more” to restore power.

Perhaps I wasn’t being such a Red Gav after all?


Hmm, perhaps it’s an ability to keep the lights on when there is a bit of a breeze?

My inner socialist has come out again this morning. Just been watching a Sky News report on those still without power since before Christmas.

Customers, yes customers, have been left on hold for three hours by the electricity firms when they have called to find out when they can expect to have the lights turned back on. And still, five days on, thousands of homes are without power. Why were there not representatives from Southern Electric on the ground with mobile canteens to feed people and give them hot drinks?

Impotent: David Cameron pretends he can actually do something about the continuing power cuts in Kent

Impotent: David Cameron pretends he can actually do something about the continuing power cuts in Kent

This is the problem with privatised utilities – they literally can do almost anything they like. David Cameron was in Kent yesterday listening to the woes of voters; he came across as completely impotent on the issue – because he is! The Prime Minister has no power (no pun intended) to tell the energy firms to pull their fingers out and get men on the ground.

For electricity companies to turn round to customers, yes customers again, and say if you don’t get your power back on by 23:59 on Christmas Eve then you will *not* have power on Christmas Day is a disgrace. They have just put our electricity bills up by over 100% in many cases and this is how they treat their so-called customers.

If they were nationalised, I suspect things will have been resolved by now or there would be a mutiny on the streets. At least David Cameron is visible unlike the faceless fat cats of Southern Electric who no doubt are tucked up warm in their mansion far away from the plebs they pretend to “serve”.

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Greedy energy companies hike bills again

energy bill increase

News broke this morning that SSE – one of the big six energy firms in the UK – are to increase their bills to customer ahead of the winter on average by 8.2%!

SSE are blaming the price of wholesale gas prices but, funnily enough, when the wholesale price decreases (which if frequently does) the hard-pressed customer sees zero reduction in their bills – across the board.

The real reason for twice (at least) a year rises in electricity and gas bills is because (as this blog has explained before) the Energy Act 2008 mandated in law that energy companies must invest billions in renewable energy to meet EU-directed targets on carbon reduction to offset unproven anthropogenic global warming.

The mastermind of the Energy Act 2008 was one Ed Miliband, now leader of the Labour Party and more than probable prime minister come May 2015 due to the stitched-up constituency boundaries which means the Conservatives have to win a higher percentage of the popular vote than Labour do to form a majority government. Ed Miliband was, of course, a hypocrite when he recently admonished the energy firms for hiking customer bills despite the wholesale market having peaks AND troughs. The Labour leader in his Conference promised to freeze energy bills for twenty months if his party got in at the next election. This has gone down very well in the country and the Tories are yet to counter with a better offer, instead seeming to be on the side of big business over hard-pressed consumers.

The energy firms though are a greedy bunch. Yes, they are forced to invest in renewable energy but the market is sewn up by a cartel of six firms which allows them to build up massive profits. But instead of using those profits to invest, they have time and time again come to you and I to pay for the government’s nonsensical green policies. Why? Because the Executives on the boards of the big six aren’t prepared to eat into their multi-million pound salaries, bonuses and share options. How else do the private school fees and nannies get paid for you ungrateful customers!?!?!

But let’s not forget the source of your massive energy bills is Ed Miliband. He is obsessed with green policies as this is the new name for Marxist policies. After all, the Green Party flourished after the fall of the Berlin Wall.

10% of your electricity and gas bill is a green tax to pay for wind mills that produce a miniscule of our energy requirements and have to be switched off when it gets too windy. Generators which actually work like coal or gas fired power stations are being shutdown at the behest of Brussels despite working perfectly well. And we are cutting off our nose despite our face whilst China opens two coal-fired stations a WEEK! These mad UK/EU government green policies and corporate greed amongst the big six is heading us on a downwards spiral to blackout despite our biggest outgoing being energy costs after your mortgage or rent. It is criminal behaviour by the powers-that-be.

And it looks as if the government know it. Just look at Coalition Business Minister Michael Fallon’s face when he is exposed as trying to water down the facts on Sky News this morning.

Oh dear, I bet the government is hoping the masses don’t wake up…