Cameron's energy pledge puzzles party

David Cameron has pledged to force energy companies to offer their lowest tariffs to customers; the only problem is, no one, not even his own energy secretary or energy minister, knows how it will work.

Ed Davey, the climate and energy secretary, is reported in the Guardian highlighting the voluntary agreement where companies inform customers of cheaper tariffs.

However, when asked about the prime minister’s pledge where companies would be able to offer only one tariff - the cheapest - he said: “[Ensuring] consumers face the lowest bills possible is a priority for me.

"We have been in discussions across government. Ofgem has been talking about fewer tariffs and simpler bills and that is the direction of travel."

So that’s all clear then. The energy minister, John Hayes, told MPs: "This is a complicated area and we will discuss it with the industry, consumer groups and the regulator in order to work through the detail."

Any clearer?

Greenpeace's executive director, John Sauven, told the Guardian: "The government's energy policy is now as confusing as British Gas tariffs.

"Osborne must listen to the CBI's latest warning that capping investment in clean energy will only mean more gas and higher bills."

One way to avoid the confusion is to look to other energy companies; those outside the ‘Big Six’; companies which offer simpler tariffs and the chance to buy energy-saving renewable fuel; companies which choose to invest in clean energy. 

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