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Green Britain: Households Face Higher Energy Bills To Keep The Lights On

Emily Gosden, The Daily Telegraph

Households face paying hundreds of millions of pounds in extra levies on their energy bills, under new plans to ensure Britain has enough power plants to keep the lights on.

Amber Rudd, the energy secretary, unveiled plans to overhaul a crucial subsidy scheme that is designed to maintain secure electricity supplies, amid fears it was failing and could leave the UK at risk of blackouts.

The “capacity market” scheme is already due to run in winter 2018-19 and 2019-20, when energy firms will be paid almost £1 billion in subsidies each year to guarantee their coal, gas and nuclear power plants will be running.

The payments will be funded through levies on energy bills, adding about £10 a year to a typical household electricity bill.

The changes unveiled on Tuesday are expected to result in significantly higher subsidies being paid to a greater number of power plants in future years.

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