ENERGY watchdogs’ boss Alistair Buchanan warned households to prepare for higher bills as oil and coal-fired power stations close.
OFGEM were blasted yesterday after admitting higher energy bills were on the way – and offering no plan to help struggling customers.
The attack came after the energy watchdogs’ boss Alistair Buchanan claimed “life could get tight and uncomfortable” as oil and coal-fired power stations close and foreign gas supplies shrink.
Glasgow North West MP John Robertson, who sits on the Energy select committee, said it was unacceptable customers should carry the can for the energy gap.
“Ofgem have made a grand announcement about rising energy bills as though they can’t do anything about it.
“Ofgem are there to make sure we get value for money – if they think bills are going to go up, they should be fighting the manipulative energy barons now to stop that happening.”
And he slated the government and Ofgem for not doing more.
“We cannot just sit back and expect the 40 per cent of the population in fuel poverty or struggling to pay bills to pay for government’s bad planning.”
Earlier, Buchanan warned of higher energy prices, adding:
“Avoiding power shortages will also carry a price.
“If you can imagine a ride on a rollercoaster at a fairground, then this winter we are at the top of the circuit and we head downhill – fast.”
Ofgem have warned that delays in building nuclear and replacing old coal and oil power stations will lead to energy firms having to shop for gas supplies against competition from economies such as China.
“There is no new nuclear, no new clean coal, no new carbon capture this side of 2020.
“So we’re going to have to go shopping round the world.”
Ofgem have been attacked as toothless by Labour who have called for them to be replaced.
But Buchanan said Ofgem would not let firms take advantage of consumers, adding:
“I’m encouraged by what the industry is doing – they are carrying forward a lot of retail market reforms.”
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