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A freedom of information act request has revealed that staff members from major UK energy companies have worked for, or are currently working for the Department of Energy and Climate Change.
At least four members of staff from EDF, RWE Npower Renewables and Centrica Energy have also worked at the Department of Energy and Climate Change since November 2008.
Two EDF employees were posted with the Department of Energy and Climate Change between November 2008 to April 2010 and November 2010 to May 2011; the secondee employee from RWE Npower Renewables worked at the Department of Energy and Climate Change between July 2012 and July this year, while Centrica Energy has a member of staff still in the Department of Energy and Climate Change offices until June next year.
Tom Greatrex, the shadow energy minister said:
“It is deeply concerning that it appears that the big energy companies may be running aspects of energy policy. Energy policy is “not about doing favours for the industry.
“It is essential there are safeguards to prevent suggestions of conflicts of interest in secondments from industry to a government department that is clearly struggling to get on top of its own policy agenda.”
The relationship between the British Government and energy companies has long been documented, even if little reported in the mainstream media.
As we reported earlier this year, the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne has personal links to the energy industry. In fact, his father-in-law, Lord Howell of Guildford, is a lobbyist and president of the British Institute for Energy Economics.
Osborne has also received tens of thousands of pounds in donations from Michael Hintze, the Chief Executive Officer and Senior Investment Officer for CQS Asset Management and is responsible for billions of pounds flowing into the energy sector.
Also, the Offshore Group Newcastle (OGN) were given a £4.5 million Government grant to build wind farms, months after its director Alexander Temerko donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to the Tory party.
In fact, last year we reported that over one third of all government ministers are linked to energy companies:
So the next time the mainstream media reports about tax breaks and million pound grants being funnelled into the energy sector while the economy sinks, ask yourself why.