‘No de­sire to fight en­ergy price hike’

The Sentinel - - LETTERS -

“We all know that night fol­lows day, but surely we shouldn’t have to ac­cept that con­sumer en­ergy prices should in­crease at ex­po­nen­tial rates year by year ”

MAN learnt about fire pro­vid­ing com­fort­ing and life sav­ing warmth count­less thou­sands of years ago.

Yet we con­tinue to find it dif­fi­cult to ob­tain af­ford­able do­mes­tic heat­ing en­ergy in the win­ter months.

Once again, en­ergy com­pa­nies are in­creas­ing gas prices to an un­be­liev­able level.

My unit gas price has in­creased by 50 per cent since the start of the year. Dis­ap­point­ingly, the rea­sons given are plau­si­ble.

Some smaller en­ergy com­pa­nies are now go­ing bank­rupt.

The reg­u­la­tor is try­ing to con­trol the sit­u­a­tion, but these will not pre­vent prices in­creas­ing year by year.

The gov­ern­ment’s an­swer will be con­sumers should seek a new provider and the old should wear dou­ble lay­ers of clothes and drink warm liq­uids.

We all know that night fol­lows day, but surely we shouldn’t have to ac­cept that con­sumer en­ergy prices should in­crease at ex­po­nen­tial rates year by year.

Has the gov­ern­ment lost in­ter­est in the very ob­vi­ous lack of a so­lu­tion to sta­bil­i­sa­tion of the coun­try’s en­ergy de­mands?

I can re­call in an­other age a claim that the coun­try had suf­fi­cient coal to pro­vide the coun­try’s en­ergy de­mands for 2,000 years.

I can re­call an ar­gu­ment that re­ly­ing on other coun­tries to pro­vide our en­ergy would even­tu­ally lead to be­ing at the mercy of other coun­try’s prices. COLIN BEARDMORE STONE

HIGH PRICE: Let­ter writer Colin Beardmore says the gov­ern­ment ap­pears to have no so­lu­tion to tackle ris­ing en­ergy bills ev­ery year, fear­ing we are at the mercy of other coun­try’s prices.

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