The National Audit has criticised ministers for awarding companies such as SSE, Drax handed benefits to corporate power providers providers at the expense of consumers by awarding £16.6bn of renewable energy contracts without putting them out to competitive tender according to the Gaurdian newspaper.
A parliamentary spending watchdog warns today that the government may have handed benefits to corporate power providers at the expense of consumers by awarding £16.6bn of renewable energy contracts without putting them out to competitive tender.
Eight contracts awarded to companies such as SSE and Dong Energy will provide only 5% of the 20% energy reduction target.
The criticism from the National Audit Office came as statistics released by the Department of Energy and Climate change showed that a fifth of all electricity was generated in Britain by solar, wind and other green technologies in the first three months of the year to 18.1 terrawatt hours, enough for 15m homes and up 43% on the same period of 2013.
The audit office said that it understood the department gave the early green light to five offshore wind farms and three biomass projects to keep up the pace of “green” investments to meet EU energy targets before the introduction of a new “contracts for difference” subsidy regime next spring.