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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs
(1) whether her Department switched its (a) gas or (b) electricity supplier in any of the last 10 years;
(2) which energy supplier supplies her Department with (a) gas and (b) electricity;
(3) how much her Department spent on (a) gas and (b) electricity bills in each of the last 10 years.
DEFRA transferred all of its electricity and gas supplies to the Pan-Government Energy Framework in 2004. This framework is managed by the Government Procurement Service (GPS) who procure electricity and gas on the Departments behalf.
The current suppliers on the GPS Energy Framework are:
EDF (Half hourly market electricity supply);
British Gas Business (Non half hourly market electricity supply);
Corona (Gas supply).
DEFRA's electricity and gas costs for years 2002 to 2012 are outlined in the following table:
|DEFRA utility costs: 2002-12|
|Notes: 1. The increase in cost over time reflects rising utility costs rather than an increase in consumption. 2. The decrease in cost since 2008-09 reflects the ongoing reduction in the size of the DEFRA estate.|