Energy industry has “nothing to hide” says industry chief

The energy industry has “nothing to hide” according to the chief executive of trade body Energy UK. In an interview with ELN at the first ever Energy UK conference since […]

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By Vicky Ellis

The energy industry has “nothing to hide” according to the chief executive of trade body Energy UK.

In an interview with ELN at the first ever Energy UK conference since the organisation formed last year – from joining up a number of energy groups including the Association of Electricity Producers – she said: “The industry’s got nothing to hide but at the same time, it does have to make a profit.”

She said painting the sector only for its mistakes is unlikely to change in the run up to the next general election: “Elections are always about negative, who can hit the bad guys more or who is the biggest bogeyman on the field, that’s really how it is. Energy has got itself into that firing line.”

In a coded dig at the way some politicians use conferences for their own ends, she said the good news sometimes gets lost: “Even an event like today can be hijacked by every conceivable person who wants to hijack it which is significantly frustrating.”

To keep itself clear of danger the industry will have to make sure it is completely “open and transparent, cooperate with every investigation and co-operate with our customers”.