The Big Green Con Trick

 Posted by on June 27, 2008  Add comments
Jun 272008
 

Last updated on November 20th, 2015

a.k.a.  Is the wind more expensive now?

Just a quick thought….

Everyone knows that global energy prices are going up and have roughly doubled in the last year.  In the UK, domestic fuel companies have for some years offered a “Green” tariff on gas and electricity.  The cost has been close to the “normal” tariffs, but a bit more, something some nice middle class people in the mee-jah living in Islington would be prepared to pay.

This is the current British Gas tariff blurb: https://www.britishgas.co.uk/products-and-services/energy/electricity/renewable-energy.html I’m not picking on BG in particular – it’s an example.  My current supplier, Scottish Power’s terms are a bit harder to differentiate or show in one place.

You’ll see you’ve got to pay £2 extra a month and then British Gas will source the supply from renewables.

And here lies my problemLast year, the energy firms still charged the same green premium as they do now!!! But in reality, it should be cheaper.

If I bought renewable energy last year for £1000, then allowing for inflation, it should cost £1035 this year.   But it doesn’t.  It’s doubled to £2000!!!  It’s a pure rip-off con, profiteering on the grossest scale.  As I said right at the beginning,

Is the wind more expensive now? No

Is it the law of supply and demand? No

Is there really less wind to go round? No

If the renewable price was the same as last year, like it should be, as it’s renewable energy, the population would be lobbying parliament to get every last one of the cancelled North Sea turbines stuck up and running, the Bristol Channel, The Wash, Morecambe Bay and the Thames Estuary would ALL be barraged off and creating electricity and Elephant Grass and Withies would be grown everywhere as fuel for energy production.

But they’re not.  The energy companies are just raking it in, like hay in the summer.  And the blame has been chucked at the government.  Shame on them all.  You can be sure of Shell.

  2 Responses to “The Big Green Con Trick”

  1. As of today, the British Gas domain name is still working and they have not set up any redirects, make of that what you will. I have now linked to the Internet Archive for the original articles.

  2. Just got an email from a BG SEO firm, shown at the end. They want me to edit or remove a backlink to a no-longer-extant British Gas webpage. You will see their reasoning.
    My reasoning is that this is my website and if I provide incorrect backlinks to a website my own SEO rank suffers most.
    The rule is that if a website changes a URL, then redirects or a correct 404 handling is all that’s needed and then Google etc is happy.
    So the link stays as it is until I can find a valid URL on the wayback machine for it.

    Webmaster caveat emptor.


    Hello,

    I work for the digital marketing agency iProspect on behalf of British
    Gas.

    As part of our ongoing SEO campaign – we looking to edit or remove some
    of the backlinks pointing to the https://www.britishgas.co.uk domain
    name.

    We have identified the following link to British Gas on your site
    (strangelyperfect.tv):

    https://strangelyperfect.tv/441/the-big-green-con-trick/

    https://strangelyperfect.tv/441/the-big-green-con-trick/?shared=email&msg
    =fail

    We would like to work with you and request that one of the below actions
    are taken regarding this link.

    This is to ensure that our client avoids violating the Google Webmaster
    Guidelines in any form due to a historic decision they or a previous
    agency has made.

    * Please remove the link from your website

    Please note that we are not trying to imply that your website is of
    fault for violating any guidelines, but that we have advised British Gas
    should remove any historic links that they acquired which could be
    interpreted as paid or intended to manipulate PageRank.

    Please let me know if you are able to action this request or if you
    require any further information.

    Apologies if you have received multiple emails, this is due to their
    being multiple links on your website (please review each one).

    Kind regards

    _____________________
    British Gas iProspect »
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    iProspect®
    London Office: 5th Floor, 10 Triton Street, London, NW1 3BF
    https://www.iprospect.com/en/gb/

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