The UK’s energy minister has been urged to attend talks aimed at ending the “unfair” surcharge on electricity bills faced by thousands of north and north-east families. Deputy First Minister John Swinney is writing to the UK Government to invite Richard Harrington to the next meeting of the Convention of the Highlands and Islands. The move emerged amid fresh calls for action to scrap regional pricing for electricity distribution, which leaves the northern half of Scotland paying far more than anywhere else in Britain, despite the area being a major energy producer. Analysis by energy regulator Ofgem has shown that on average consumers in the north and north-east, which already faces the highest levels of fuel poverty, pay an extra £86 for power each year.
Energy Voice 5th Jan 2018 read more »