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Tough talk on tackling energy issues

Speaking at the Liberal Democrat party conference, Energy Secretary Chris Huhne has criticised the UK’s six largest energy suppliers.

He wants to help consumers save money by making it easier to identify better deals and switch suppliers, stating that energy suppliers need to make this easier for customers.

Ofgem should also be able to force companies to return money to customers following instances of bad behaviour, he said.

He proposed increasing Ofgem’s regulatory powers as part of his proposals.

Mr Huhne additionally refuted an article in The Times newspaper, where he was quoted as saying that consumers were too lazy to identify where they could save money on their energy bills.

“Contrary to the Times’ report, I neither said nor meant that this was laziness.

“It is just that consumers still think that they face the same bill whoever they go to,” said Mr Huhne, according to the BBC News website.

In addition to his criticism of energy suppliers, he also promoted the use of renewable energy to reduce dependency on oil and gas.

Commenting on Mr Huhne’s speech, an industry insider told H&V News: “It’s party political season, so there’s bound to be a lot of hot air around at the moment.”