Policy & regulation

Latest updates and analysis on how government and regulators' decisions will impact the sector 

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Ofgem has proposed a series of measures to speed up the delivery of large onshore electricity transmission upgrades needed to achieve the government’s target of deploying 50GW of offshore wind by 2030. The regulator said it is considering providing early certainty on funding, reducing number of regulatory approval gates and giving exemptions from the incoming introduction of competition to large onshore transmission projects.  
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Rishi Sunak has pledged to provide extra support for households with their energy bills if he wins the Conservative leadership contest as Cornwall Insight forecast the price cap will peak at more than £4,400 in April next year. The former chancellor of the exchequer, who is lagging behind foreign secretary Liz Truss in the two-horse race, made the commitment after Truss recently rejected “handouts” for households struggling to pay their bills.
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Ofgem has confirmed the price cap will be updated every three months in a bid to bolster market stability following a year of spiralling wholesale energy costs. The regulator made a series of announcements in which it also confirmed its decision to extend the cap until the end of 2023.
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Boris Johnson's resignation may have been welcomed in many quarters but will his departure also signal a change in ambition when it comes to decarbonisation? Utility Week's policy correspondent David Blackman considers Johnson's net zero legacy and how it will inform the race to succeed him.
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Utility Week is poised to launch a new flagship event that will take a fresh approach to debating the competing objectives of affordability, sustainability and resilience. Hear from the leaders of Eon, Ofwat, UK Power Networks, and Yorkshire Water as well as some new voices joining the debate.
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A major new report proposes key reforms to enable the energy retail market to deliver for customers and net zero. It examines where action can be taken now on easing affordability pressures, evolving regulation and wholesale markets and ensuring a healthy, competitive energy retail market.
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Businesses know energy is expensive, but are reluctant to invest in efficiency measures. As cold weather starts to kick in for the first time this year, Richard Postance tells the government to educate and reassure.
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DNOs know they have to transform their networks into smart grids, but what exactly will this entail? Brendan Coyne sat in on senior managers discussing the issue at the EIC.
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Timelines in the water sector are so long that it is more important for policy to be right than to be hasty. The final appearance of the Water White Paper last week made my wait worthwhile because, after thorough consideration, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) has adopted many of the pro-competition measures set out in my "gradualist" 2009 independent review of competition and innovation; some others are deferred for more detailed consideration. All are set out in a few unobtrusive pages of a wider document.
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