Former energy ministers have contributed to an overspend of more than £1bn on renewable power subsidies that consumers will be forced to pay for, a government report has said. The review by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, published on Friday, says “political unwillingness” to curb support for solar and wind power projects has contributed to the cap on green energy subsidies being breached. The report concluded that the failure to stay under the cap was partly a result of “group think” at the department and its external consultants. It also blamed a lack of transparency, forecasting being left to junior staff, and “insufficient” monitoring that meant the overspend wasn’t detected until “too late in the day”. Davey said it was “nonsense” to suggest he was unwilling to act, and told the Guardian the department had taken strong action under his leadership to meet the cap. He added that the projected cost to consumers was within the “headroom” built into the Levy Control Framework.
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