With intense political scrutiny on energy bills, it suits energy companies and certain politicians, to place the blame on green energy.
It is, therefore, important that we all keep telling people the facts.
Green measures are responsible for £112 of the average £1287 family dual fuel bill. Of this, £37 is down to renewable subsidy (£30 ROCs and £7 FiT) – less than three percent of the average bill.
£47 pounds goes to ECO and other energy saving measures that reduce bills for those in fuel poverty.
You will find some useful Guardian infographics here http://goo.gl/J5Gimx.
Fossil fuels are costing us dearly, between 2004 and 2010 dual fuel bills rose by £455, of which £382 was due to soaring gas prices (http://is.gd/EIIXiz).
Globally subsidies for fossil fuels are $409 billion compared to $66 billion for renewable energy (http://is.gd/bTK7Iy).
The annual government grant to the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority is £2.3 billion. Divide that by £26.3 million households and you find the average cost per household of dealing with nuclear waste is £87 http://www.nda.gov.uk/aboutus/
As renewable energy becomes more mature, scrutiny will continue to increase. We have a great story to tell about using our own natural energy resources to make us more secure, rather than relying on gas from Qatar. Of inspiring local companies developing skills and technologies in a growing industry they can export around the world. And of costs coming down whilst fossil fuel costs go up.
But we cannot rely on others to tell that story for us – a message Ed Davey made strongly at our House of Commons event this week.
This year Regen launched our SW Renewable Energy Manifesto. On 26 November our Renewable Futures and Green Energy conference, exhibition and awards will showcase what our industry is achieving. In the past two weeks alone, I have been interviewed for BBC Points West, BBC Radio Somerset, Pirate FM and the Western Morning News (twice).
I invite you to work even more closely with us, to tell the exciting story of what green energy has to offer. Please send me your stories of jobs and investment to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us at www.regensw.co.uk/information/login-join-us; showcase your projects and ambitions at Renewable Futures www.renewable-futures.co.uk.
We encourage you to spread the message widely.