UK energy department underspends by £400m

The UK government’s Department of Energy and Climate Change failed to spend nearly 14 per cent of its budget in the last financial year – the biggest proportional underspend of any government office.

According to figures from the Treasury, DECC saved around £400m (£622m) in the 2011-2012 financial year.

The news has infuriated renewables companies and trade groups, which opposed caps to the solar feed-in tariffs, and also bodies such as The Carbon Trust and Energy Savings Trust, which both took deep cuts to their budgets.

A spokesman for DECC insisted there was “not £400m underspent sitting around the department”. He told BusinessGreen that the savings were the result of higher than expected income from the Nuclear Decommissioning Authority (NDA).

Last year the NDA earned £1.26bn, which caused it to underspend its programme budget by £176m.

 

Did You Like this Article? Get All the Energy Industry News Delivered to Your Inbox

Subscribe to an email newsletter today at no cost and receive the latest news and information.

 Subscribe Now

Whitepapers

The Time is Right for Optimum Reliability: Capital-Intensive Industries and Asset Performance Management

Imagine a plant that is no longer at risk of a random shutdown. Imagine not worrying about losing...

Going Digital: The New Normal in Oil & Gas

In this whitepaper you will learn how Keystone Engineering, ONGC, and Saipem are using software t...

Maximizing Operational Excellence

In a recent survey conducted by PennEnergy Research, 70% of surveyed energy industry professional...

Leveraging the Power of Information in the Energy Industry

Information Governance is about more than compliance. It’s about using your information to drive ...