UK Dept of Energy hires scores of secondees from Scots law firm, EDF, KPMG, Shell, and Centrica

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A total of 66 external advisers – from merchant banks, energy companies, nuclear power generators, law firms, think-tanks and City and Scots lawyers – have been seconded to the UK Department of Energy in the three years ending December 2013.

And in official figures issued by DECC on the day before Christmas Eve, the government admits that a total of 13 such secondees ‘have had the opportunity for ‘limited’ input into aspects of preparing {energy} policy development’.

DECC stressed that ‘no secondee has been involved in drafting any legislation’ but said that its central records do ‘not contain’ details of any specific pieces of legislation on which secondees worked, and added;

“Rather, DECC business managers have indicated that the secondees concerned would have had such opportunities”

These individuals are not named but their employers and number of secondees were, as follows;


National Grid 2
Shell 2
Carbon War Room 1
Mount Wellington Mine Ltd 1
Jacobs Engineering 1
Centrica Energy 1
Bank of England 1
Rolls Royce 1
Addleshaw Goddard LLP 1
Elexon 1
ESB International 1


Other/total companies who provided secondees to DECC included;

National Grid 8  
Deloitte LLP 4   
Pinsent Masons LLP 3   
Ernst & Young LLP 3   
Elexon 3   
Rolls Royce 3   
IBM 2   
EDF 2   
Shell 2   
Energus 2   
Barclays Bank Plc 1  
Pcubed 1  
MOHC 1  
ConocoPhillips (UK) Ltd 1  
Carillion PLC 1  
Costain Limited 1  
Jacobs Engineering 1  
AEA Technology 1  
British Telecom 1  
Dundas Wilson 1  
Policy Studies Institute 1  
Ecofys 1  
Centrica Energy 1  
Allen & Overy 1  
Jacobs Consultancy UK Ltd 1  
Atkins Ltd 1  
Bright Futures NZ LIMITED 1  
Baker Tilly LLP 1  
Mount Wellington Mine Ltd 1
UCL Energy Institute 1    
Parsons Brinkerhoff 1    
Addleshaw Goddard LLP 1    
Carbon War Room 1    
Bank of England 1    
RET – Austrailia 1    
ESB International 1    
RWE Npower Renewables 1    
Freshfields Braukhaus Deringer LLP 1    
Greenhill & Co International LLP 1    
UK Petroleum Industries Association 1    
Energy People Ltd 1    
EnergySolutions 1    
Grand Total 66  

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