Centrica boss attacks contradictory UK power policy

British Gas owners CEO questions wind subsidies and plans to help fund old coal-fired plants

Sam Laidlaw, the chief executive of Centrica, has urged the government to reconsider its support for offshore wind and other costly low-carbon technologies because it will raise the cost for energy consumers at a time of lower wholesale power prices.

The energy boss and former government adviser also attacked ministers for allowing energy companies to propose coal-fired power stations for a new subsidy scheme when Britain was trying to cut carbon emissions.

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