Renewable groups axed in quango cull

Two renewable organisations were today abolished in Cabinet Minister Francis Maude’s ‘bonfire of the quangos’. And the Environment Agency is set to be overhauled to make it ‘more customer focused’, […]

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By Kelvin Ross

Two renewable organisations were today abolished in Cabinet Minister Francis Maude’s ‘bonfire of the quangos’.

And the Environment Agency is set to be overhauled to make it ‘more customer focused’, while a stay of execution has been granted to energy watchdog Consumer Focus.

The Renewable Fuels Agency is scrapped and its functions transferred to the Department of Transport, while the Renewables Advisory Board and its functions have also been axed.

Also abolished are British Nuclear Fuels and the Royal Commission on Environmental Pollution.

Energy watchdog Consumer Focus lives to fight another day, although those days are almost certainly numbered. Its future remains under review with its ultimate fate to be decided early next year, when it is likely its powers will be transferred to Citizens’ Advice

Also under review are the Sustainable Development Commission and the UK Atomic Energy Authority.

The Environment Agency is retained but will be ‘substantially reformed’ to make it “a more efficient and customer focused organisation’.

Quangos that have survived today’s cull include the Coal Authority, Committee on Climate Change, Committee on Radioactive Waste Management, Fuel Poverty Advisory Group, Nuclear Decommissioning Authority, Nuclear Liabilities Fund, Nuclear Liability Financing Assurance Board, Ofgem, Ofwat, Nuclear Research Advisory Council, and the Oil and Pipelines Agency.