Off-grid costs

First published in Letters

SOME residents of Caerphilly county borough may not be able to take advantage of measures announced last year to freeze or reduce energy prices.

Energy companies announced up to £50 reduction in bills following discussions at Westminster, while Labour announced a price free if they win power.

But quite a few of the more rural parts of the county borough are still out of the reach of mains gas so are unable to take advantage of the cheapest ‘dual fuel’ tariffs.

It’s clear that the coalition government at Westminster hasn’t thought of areas such as Islwyn when arriving at its policies on energy.

But in parts of Islwyn people still face a choice between getting all their energy from electricity, or using oil, bottled gas or other off-grid fuels. This means that people aren’t eligible for the cheapest tariff. Under ‘dual-fuel’ deals, people who are near a gas main can get a discount on their energy bills.

Plaid Cymru welcomes measures to reduce consumer energy bills, although the real reason for rising prices isn’t green taxes but energy company profiteering which needs to be tackled.

That is why the Party of Wales has proposed a publicly-owned energy company, Energy Wales, with a not-for-distributable-profit model.

Councillor Lyn Ackerman Islwyn Newbridge

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2:21pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Gez Kirby says...

Hmm - "Islwyn" mentioned 3 times in this letter.

I wonder who Plaid Cymru's candidate will be in a forthcoming Islwyn election?...
Hmm - "Islwyn" mentioned 3 times in this letter. I wonder who Plaid Cymru's candidate will be in a forthcoming Islwyn election?... Gez Kirby
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9:03pm Fri 28 Feb 14

pwlldu says...

We all know what Cllr Dix said about Cllr Kirby and Gwyn Price AM.
We all know what Cllr Dix said about Cllr Kirby and Gwyn Price AM. pwlldu
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5:39pm Sun 2 Mar 14

pwlldu says...

Cllr Nigel Dix as the next assembly candidate for Islwyn but will he stand for Labour or UKIP?
Cllr Nigel Dix as the next assembly candidate for Islwyn but will he stand for Labour or UKIP? pwlldu
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