UK Government scrapped rail electrification schemes ‘due to costs’

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling had said journeys could be improved sooner than expected without the need for “disruptive electrification works” due to advances in train power technologies

‘RHI has not achieved good value for money’

The government’s Renewable Incentive Scheme (RHI) has not achieved good value for money. That’s according to the National Audit Office (NAO), which says the initiative has had much lower rates of adoption than originally hoped for and has been taken advantage of by unscrupulous participants. The RHI was launched to encourage a shift to low carbon […]

UK’s £240m energy efficiency scheme ‘failed to deliver savings’

The government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme, which cost taxpayers millions of pounds, forced up people’s bills without any additional energy savings. A damning report from the National Audit Office (NAO) states DECC’s design and implementation of the Green Deal, which was scrapped last July, did not persuade householders that energy efficiency measures are worth paying […]

UK awarded too much in renewable energy subsidies, NAO warns

The UK Government has awarded too much in early subsidies for renewable energy projects at the expense of consumers, the spending watchdog has warned. The criticism comes from the National Audit Office (NAO) as it is “not convinced the government sufficiently protected consumers’ interests” in handing out eight contracts earlier this year – “costing consumers £16.6 […]

17 years of pain ahead from domestic energy bills – National Audit Office

Domestic energy customers can expect 17 years of pain from bill rises according to a new report from the National Audit Office (NAO). It points to estimates of a £221 increase in the average household energy bill between 2013 and 2030 in real terms. One of the NAO’s jobs is to report on how well […]

Police spent £46m on joint energy contracts

Britain’s police forces spent £46million on joint energy contracts last year, according to the National Audit Office. The government body’s latest report on police spending examined ways the 43 police forces in England and Wales had pooled resources, such as ordering uniform in bulk or teaming up on utility bills. In 2011-12, police forces spent […]

Failed CCS competition not a complete waste of time

DECC must learn from its failed Carbon Capture and Storage project if it is to salvage any useful gains. According to the National Audit Office, the Government’s CCS competition was a “high risk and challenging undertaking launched with insufficient planning.” Launched back in 2007 by the then Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform, it […]