Research reveals public’s mistrust of energy companies

18 January 2019

A study carried out by the UK Energy Research Council in partnership with Cardiff University revealed a substantial distrust of government and energy companies by the public but also a “groundswell of support for energy system change.” The study found that most people surveyed would be willing to pay more towards the low carbon energy transition (9-13% of their energy bills compared to 7% currently), but only if energy companies and government also “contribute their fair share”.

51% of people surveyed support heftier sector regulations or even nationalisation of energy companies – a crucial element of the Labour Party’s prospective energy policy – a matter perhaps intensified by the mistrust of the Ofgem, the industry regulator, Government and energy companies themselves.

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