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Cameron: 'Hard and fast' work needed to reduce energy bills.

Summary: David Cameron is meeting with representatives from the "Big Six" energy firms to discuss how to reduce household's bills.

David Cameron has said he wants to discuss how to create a "trusted, simple and transparent" energy market, ahead of a meeting with the "Big Six" energy firms later.

The Prime Minister is meeting with representatives from British Gas, npower, EDF, E.ON, Scottish Power and Scottish and Southern Energy, at the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to address the rising cost of people's bills.

Environmentalists estimate households will be paying around Au300 more per year by 2020 as a result of a continued reliance on fossil fuels to provide energy.

A report by Friends of the Earth says the "Big Six" are planning to abandon building new renewable energy sources and instead are forging ahead with new fossil fuel plants in order to bridge the looming energy gap.

Mr Cameron says he will be aiming to work out how to get people "the help they need to reduce their bills in time for this winter".

He said he wanted to create "a market that puts the consumer first and gets these energy bills down as much as possible".

Those at the summit are expected to consider how better to inform consumers about the potential savings they could make from checking they are on the cheapest energy deal, switching supplier, or taking advantage of subsidised insulation.

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