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It comes as a new report found that scientists are likely to record a global average temperature of more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels over the next five years. However, rebel MPs are expected to oppose what they claim is the Government’s ‘socialist energy agenda’
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Household energy bills will reportedly rise by nearly £120 a year to fund the development of hydrogen gas as part of the Government’s net zero strategy.
The scheme to produce low-carbon hydrogen will reportedly cost £3.5 billion a year between 2030 and 2040. It’s being reported that the costs could be added on to household bills from 2025, under provisions in the new Energy Bill.
This will be on top of subsidies for other green energy sources, such as wind farms. However, the plan is expected to be challenged in the House of Commons and is facing a revolt from as many as 50 MPs. It is part of the Government’s efforts to meet its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
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It comes as a new report found that scientists are likely to record a global average temperature of more than 1.5C above pre-industrial levels over the next five years. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) said on Wednesday that there is a 66% chance of this temperature being recorded at least once between now and 2027 – which would mark the first time in human history.
The WMO also said there is a 98% chance of the hottest year on record being broken during that time. The Green Party urged the UK Government to halt all fossil fuel projects with immediate effect following the report’s publication.
Carla Denyer, Green Party co–leader, said: “Our climate and natural world is in breakdown and the reason for this is crystal clear – the burning of fossil fuels.
“Despite this, the UK Government continues to drive us all into further climate chaos by opening new coal mines, offering new oil and gas licences and spending billions on building new roads.”
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Nonetheless, Conservative backbenchers are expected to table amendments to the Energy Bill. Craig Mackinlay, chairman of the Net Zero Scrutiny Group, said many MPs were opposed to No 10’s “socialist energy agenda”.
“The thought of more levies to try and pick winners that are unproven and in my view unsound just continues what we’ve seen in the whole field of energy policy, which seems more reminiscent of the 1950s Soviet Union that we used to laugh at,” he said.
“We need markets back in control of energy policy because governments are making a complete mess of it. I sense there is concern about all these kinds of policies among colleagues.”
The extra levy for hydrogen could add £118 to annual household bills – a 10 per cent increase on dual fuel bills, according to analysis from centre-Right think tank Onward. But hydrogen is expected to play only a limited role in home heating, reports The Telegraph.
Heat pumps are set to be the main replacement for gas boilers, with hydrogen mostly used as an energy source for industry, according to government plans.
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