In order to meet net zero goals, households will be penalised if they do not switch from gas, according to a new rule announced today. Grant Shapps, Secretary of State for Energy Security and Net Zero, commented on the new proposal on Wednesday.
If we want people to switch to an electricity-based economy, [levies] should be shifted to the petrol side of things,” he said.
“It automatically improves the economics of an electric-powered economy.”
However, the plans have sparked outrage, with Craig Mackinlay, chair of the Conservative net zero scrutiny group, claiming that “hugely expensive” heat pumps are “untried and unwanted.”
He said: “If green levies are shifted from electricity to gas one wonders what will be achieved given that gas remains the mainstay and balancing source of electricity generation especially on cloudy, still days.
“All green levies, interference taxes and manipulations should be removed across the energy market so that energy security can be restored. Further tinkering is not going to shift households to untried and unwanted heat pumps that are hugely expensive and rarely work well.
Electricity is considered a more environmentally friendly option because it can be generated from renewable sources such as solar panels and wind turbines.
Burning gas, on the other hand, releases carbon into the atmosphere.
Other initiatives promoting a greener UK have gained traction.
They include underground carbon underground, home insulation, and clean hydrogen production.