Policy & regulation

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

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The government’s ambitious target to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 will inevitably lead to more pressure on the utilities sector to deliver on its own decarbonisation plans. As part of Utility Week's Countdown to COP campaign, David Blackman looks at where that pressure is likely to be applied.
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The government has confirmed the fourth Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round will open to applications in December 2021, saying the announcement would “provide further clarity to prospective participants”. Alongside the announcement, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy also published its response to a consultation on changes to supply chain plans and contract terms.
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Water sector investors do not feel listened to by Ofwat according to its annual survey, which nevertheless showed overall support for the regulator’s policies and methods. The poll found 48 per cent of respondents did not feel the regulators was taking their views on board.
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As part of Utility Week's Countdown to COP campaign, former Ofgem chief executive Dermot Nolan highlights three things the government should consider in balancing the need for a rapid transformation of the energy system alongside the responsibility to keep costs down for consumers.
Opinion
Local elections have meant a further delay to the publication of the keenly anticipated Heat and Buildings Strategy. Energy UK’s Charles Wood discusses what could, and should, be included when the strategy is finally revealed.
Opinion
Ofwat’s freshly departed chief executive Rachel Fletcher talks to Utility Week about her highs and lows in the water sector - from price reviews, social contracts, CMA appeals and how the sector rebounded from what she described as its darkest point.
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Ofgem has urged the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) to dismiss the appeals sought by the transmission and gas distribution networks against their final determinations for RIIO2, arguing they are “without merit”. Responding to their notices of appeal in a submission to the CMA, Ofgem said the networks’ complaints “amount to no more than disagreements” with way it has exercised its “expert regulatory discretion”.
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This month saw the Debt Respite Scheme, also known as “breathing space", come into force. The legislation is designed to give customers with problem debt temporary legal protections from creditor action. Jayne Gardner, head of debt recovery at Corclaim, examines how it is likely to affect the utilities sector.
Opinion
The government should set a new target to double onshore wind capacity to 30GW by 2030, RenewableUK has urged. In a new report, the trade body set out detailed milestones for deployment of the different renewable technologies the UK will require to meet its new target to cut emissions to 78 per cent of 1990 levels by 2035.
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Wales and West Utilities has argued the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA) final decision on the PR19 appeals by water companies has “no material bearing” on its grounds for appeal against Ofgem’s final determinations for the RIIO2 price controls. The gas distribution network's submission to the CMA was in stark contrast to its fellow appellants.
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Better understanding of how to use the eco-settings on home appliances as well as choosing appropriate products for a household is essential to cut water and energy usage, according to the head of manufacturers association AMDEA
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Six projects, representing 5.5GW of offshore wind, that were successful in the last Contracts for Difference (CfD) auction have now passed their “milestone requirement”. However, two of the projects that secured contracts in the October 2019 third allocation round have now had these agreements terminated after failing prove they were on track.
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In Utility Week’s latest round-up of people moves across the sector, the Heat Trust gets a new managing director; a former Centrica director is to head up Energy UK’s Vulnerability Commitment and the first chair of the UK Infrastructure Bank is unveiled.
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Ofgem has rejected protestations by energy retailer Symbio that a £100,000 penalty for failing to pay into renewables schemes on time was disproportionate. Symbio said the regulator had “failed to make sufficient allowance for the particular challenges posed by Covid" for smaller retailers.
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Sales of battery electric vehicles (BEVs) slowed last month, with cuts to the plug-in car grant being blamed. However, the latest figures for car registrations also revealed more than 500,000 ultra low-emission vehicles are now being driven on UK roads for the first time.
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