Citation needed for the bolded claim, no link provided in the article. I had a brief look and the closest I found was a quick mention in this Carbon Brief analysis from August 12th:
'Green levies make up 9% of electricity bills today, with social policy costs adding another 3%. This 12% share is down 23% in summer 2021. In contrast, levies make up just 3% of gas bills. - https://www.carbonbrief.org/analysis-why-uk-energy-bills-are-soaring-to-record-highs-and-how-to-cut-them/
I'm assuming they meant to write 'it is down from 23%'. In any case the levies mainly apply to electricity bills, and have reduced dramatically since last year for reasons I'm not aware of, possibly cos tories were screaming about it. Carbon Brief explain it better:
Green levies currently make up less than 5% of energy bills under the summer 2022 price cap and this figure will fall further to less than 3% on 1 October. The roughly £95 per household per year of green levies pays subsidies for older renewable energy projects.
Another 3% of bills today – £57 per household – goes towards social policy objectives. This money pays for the “warm home discount” that helps poorer pensioners with their bills, as well as the “energy company obligation”, which aims to tackle fuel poverty by insulating homes.
In total, green levies and social policy costs make up 8% of bills today, a total of £153. This amount is expected to remain unchanged for the next few price cap periods but will make up a declining share of bills – less than 5% from October – as wholesale prices dominate the total.
Levies are largely paid via electricity bills, artificially increasing the cost of electricity relative to gas. Green levies make up 9% of electricity bills today, with social policy costs adding another 3%. This 12% share is down 23% in summer 2021. In contrast, levies make up just 3% of gas bills.
The “contracts for difference” (CfDs) that give guaranteed prices to new renewable energy schemes are currently costing the average household just 28p per year.
They will turn negative and start reducing consumer energy costs from October. The design of the contracts means projects pay money back to consumers when electricity prices are very high.
The current portfolio of roughly 18 gigawatts (GW) of CfD projects – mainly offshore wind – will be cutting average bills by around £11 per year under the October cap.
As wholesale gas prices are rising and the portfolio is expanding, this saving will increase to around £18 in January, according to Auxilione’s detailed forecasts shared with Carbon Brief.
The article is worth reading in full IMO - some shocking graphs and statistics, though the favourable view of wind energy indicates their bias - nothing of the dependency of renewables [sic] on fossil fuels, mining or the stability of the ponzi financial system gets mentioned, so the Sheep guy's analysis is better on that front. Here are CB's main findings:
Energy bills are already at their highest levels in at least half a century and are set to nearly triple by early next year, reaching well over £5,000 for the average household.
UK households face a £129bn increase in energy costs (5.1% of GDP), to a total of £193bn per year (8.1% of GDP). This means households will face energy costs greater than UK government education spending (£100bn) and the defence budget (£49bn) put together.
Since households have historically accounted for half of national energy spending, the overall costs for the economy as a whole are likely to reach in the region of 16% of GDP.
Rising bills will push two-thirds of UK households into fuel poverty by January 2023.
An 11-fold increase in UK wholesale gas prices since 2019 explains 96% of the increase in household energy bills.
Green levies will fall from 5% of bills to less than 3% of the total in October.
Government support for households to date amounts to just £17.5bn, and plans to cut VAT or remove levies would only save around £4bn each.
Proposals for extra support from leadership hopefuls Liz Truss (£11bn) and Rishi Sunak (£10bn), as well as from the opposition Liberal Democrats (£36bn), are still nowhere near matching the scale of the increase in bills facing households (£129bn).
The opposition Labour Party’s £29bn “six month freeze” could cost £73bn if extended for a year.
The least efficient homes face bills up to £2,000 higher than those rated “C” or better.
Bills would have been some £13bn lower if governments had not “cut the green crap” by rolling back climate policies over the last decade, equivalent to £220 per household.
Households could cut their bills by more than £300 by making simple changes to their boiler settings, with larger savings available from insulation, solar panels or electric vehicles.
Otherwise enjoyable read. Good to see someone applying these whole-system critiques to the UK.