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EUA criticises 'market mechanism' plan

The Energy & Utilities Association (EUA) has called out the 'market mechanism' scheme which it says 'will penalise British boiler manufacturers if they do not fit heat pumps, even though the Government’s own climate change advisers acknowledge this will increase heating bills by an average of 10 per cent'.

Chief executive of the EUA Mike Foster

Commenting on the market mechanism plans, chief executive of the EUA Mike Foster said: “I can’t recall a more ridiculous policy than the so-called market mechanism. We have always said this smacks of Soviet-style planning, with bureaucrats telling industry what they must sell, regardless of what the consumer might want or can afford, and with huge financial penalties facing British businesses if they disobey Whitehall. But now it is even worse.

“It seems British gas boiler manufacturers will be heavily penalised if they sell a boiler rather than a heat pump, even though a boiler offers lower heating bills. So in the middle of a cost of living crisis successful and innovative British businesses are being forced to put consumers’ bills up by around £100 a year and literally fined if they don’t. You couldn’t make it up.

“The policy is due to take effect in 2024. It will apply a penalty, a figure of £5,000 a time is mentioned, to sales of British-built boilers in favour of imported heat pumps; penalising businesses if they try and keep bills down, knowing consumers will be worse off with a heat pump and now it is time to stop this madcap plan.

“The UK heating industry has submitted alternative options to the Government and now they must decide whose side they are on, the consumer and British manufacturers or the energy suppliers and foreign importers.”

20 July 2022

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