One of the Big Six energy suppliers could benefit from a £1 billion low carbon energy subsidy which may go towards boosting nuclear energy, Greenpeace has claimed.
The environmental group argued that EDF has "let slip" that it will use the funding to add to its profits rather than going towards helping struggling householders pay their electricity bills.
Greenpeace is lobbying for a 'windfall tax' to prevent nuclear energy companies from benefiting from a carbon tax that will be levied on gas and coal-fired power, but EDF's Dr Andy Spurr confirmed the utility company will lobby against the windfall charge.
"It is now time for the government to stand up for consumers and business - not keep bailing out an ever more expensive nuclear industry by the back door," said Greenpeace's Louise Hutchins.
Meanwhile, EDF has launched a help scheme for low-income customers that will give them an extra £120 towards their electricity bill in spring 2012.
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