Originally Posted by Chrysalis
I think what will happen eventually is companies and the rich will start generating their own power as they have the cash to invest on equipment needed, they will do this as it will save them cash in the long term, however the poor who wont have liquid capital to do this will get stuck on out of control gas/electric rental.
Petrol is going the same way as well, compared to a few years back its hideously priced. However too many vested interests in petrol I would guess anyone who develops a viable alternative probably would be brought out by the oil companies to stop the product getting released.
Generating power requires fuel so the rich will pay just as much for that (on a pound for pound basis) as the "poor". I certainly don't approve of subsidising fuel bills as that just encourages waste.
Fuel will increasingly become a greater and greater part of weekly budgets for everybody as food was once. Nobody will be able to throw it away recklessly as we all have been doing up til now.
Free insulation grants for the needy are available but for the rest of us there's no alternative but to be economical and pay up when the bills come in.
It's more likely to be a choice between being warm and cable TV or gabbing incessantly on a mobile.