Ministry of Energy and Water Resources

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Ministry of Energy and Water Resources
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Formed 28 July 1975[1]
Central Office Snowdon House
Latimer Street
Kingsbury, CENT
Employees 2,400
Senior administration
Minister of State Senator Myfanwy Parker
Permanent Secretary Sir Rolf Baxter
Directorates
Energy
Water Resources
Executive agencies
Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources is a cabinet portfolio in the Guelphian government responsible for the administration of energy and water policy within the civil service.

Founded in 1975, the current Minister of State is Senator Myfanwy Parker.

Responsibilities

The ministry oversees policies relating to Guelphia's energy and water resources.

Senior administration

Ministers

The Ministry of Energy and Water Resources is headed by the Minister of State for Energy and Water Resources, who is supported by a Deputy Minister and a Parliamentary Secretary, all of whom are supported a large body of civil servants assigned to them to manage the ministers office and ministry.

Office Name Term
Minister of State for Energy and Water Resources The Rt Hon. Senator Myfanwy Parker 2012-present
Assistant Minister for Energy and Water Resources
Deputy Minister for Water Resources
Toby Mallory MHA 2012-present
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of State for Energy and Water Resources Fiona Gant MHA 2012-present

Permanent Secretary and other senior officials

Office Name
Permanent Secretary of State Sir Rolf Baxter
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for Energy
Greg Harley
Permanent Under-Secretary of State
Director-General for the Water Resources
Lesley Bernard
Chief Operations Officer
Director-General for Corporate Services
Todd Jefferson
Director of the Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission Justin Arrington

Directorates and executive agencies

Directorates

The ministry has three major directorates:

Directorate of Energy

The energy directorate manages policy matters surrounding the entire energy industry, including oil, gas, and electricity sectors. To this end, the directorate publishes polices and guidelines on matters such as the rate of extraction of fossil fuels, and the importation of gas and petroleum into the country, to name a few. A recent example is the decision by the directorate to end the use of coal in power stations in order to preserve Guelphia's coal reserves for a possible future emergency. The day-to-day management of Guelphia's energy sector is carried out by the Electricity Authority, the Gas Authority, and the Petroleum Corporation.

Directorate of Water Resources

Created with a broad range of responsibilities, the Directorate of Water Resources plays a significant role in determining policies for water use in Guelphia. The directorate has a control over all policy matters relating to dams, weirs, irrigation channels, as well as the use of water from rivers and streams and from underground water systems. The conservation responsibilities of the directorate include flood and erosion management, with a broader aim to maintain and improving aquatic environments across New England. The directorate does not actively participate in the management of water resources, with day-to-day administration of Guelphia's water resources has been devolved to Water Corporation, the Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission (see below), and the eight county councils.

Corporate Services Directorate

The Ministry also has the usual Corporate Services Directorate, which is responsible for those 'back-end' activities that involve the delivery of enterprise-wide support services to all policy directorates and executive agencies. The aim of the directorate is to provide quality client service based on the principles of specialised knowledge, best practices, and superior technology solutions, to serve the internal customer base of the Ministry, and certain circumstances some or all of the Ministry's business partners. The directorate is divided into five 'branches', which provide specific support for a particular area of expertise, these being Estates Management, Finance, Information Technology, Personnel Services, and Procurement. The Corporate Services Directorate is headed by a Chief Operations Officer, with the rank of Permanent Under-Secretary of State, who in turn reports personally to the Permanent Secretary of State and the Minister.

Executive agencies

Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission

The Water Conservation and Irrigation Commission (WCIC) is an executive agency charged with the delivery of Guelphia's agricultural water resources. The Commission was established in 1970, and is one of the oldest continuing agencies of the Guelphian government. The Commission carries out work in areas such as river flow measurements; investigating new agricultural water conservation and irrigation schemes (and overseeing their construction as the Principal Client); the regulation of artesian and other bores; and the licensing the private use of water for stock and domestic water supply, irrigation, and other purposes. The WCIC does not own any of the large water supply or hydro-electric dams, all of which belong to the Water Corporation. Instead, the Commission is a customer of WaterCorp in the same mould used to sell water to the county councils.

References and notes

  1. Administrative Arrangements Order (No. 1) 1975, was the Administrative Arrangements Order that established the Ministry of Energy and Water Resources and the office of Minister of State.

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