Three of Britain’s biggest energy suppliers have joined the backlash against government plans to charge all households and businesses a flat levy to support “green gas”. Eon, Ovo Energy and Octopus Energy have written to Kwasi Kwarteng, the energy minister, warning him that the proposed levy is “highly regressive”. Ministers were already facing opposition from Citizens Advice over the proposed scheme, under which every gas customer in Britain would be charged a levy of up to £6.90 a year, irrespective of how much gas they use. In a letter, the energy suppliers write: “Under the current approach, a low-income consumer who uses as little energy as possible to keep their bills down will pay the same fixed charge as a customer in the highest income decile, irrespective of how much energy they use. This is clearly unjust and risks undermining public trust in the government’s wider net zero agenda.” The green gas levy, announced in March, is designed to fund increased use of biomethane, a renewable gas, instead of natural gas.
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