The government has been warned that plans to nearly double the number of gas-fired power stations in the UK will lead to increases in electricity prices.
This is according to Friends of the Earth, which stated such a dependency on the fossil fuel will leave the UK vulnerable to rises in wholesale costs.
It added the level of investment projected for the UK will result in around nine gigawatts of gas-generated power coming online by 2016 - nearly double the amount government estimates say is needed by 2020.
Energy campaigner at the group Paul Steedman said: "Once again we're seeing how the Big Six and other energy companies are planning to keep us hooked on dirty and expensive gas we don't need."
Recently, managing director of British Gas Phil Bentley told the Daily Telegraph consumers in the UK can expect to see domestic energy bills continue to rise for the next ten years.
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