Policy & regulation

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

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Utility Week speaks to UK Power Networks chief executive Basil Scarsella, Electricity North West chief executive Peter Emery and Northern Powergrid policy and markets director Patrick Erwin about Ofgem’s sector-specific methodology decision for RIIO ED2.
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Ofwat has rejected calls to change its charging rules to let appellant companies implement whatever ruling the CMA determines from April 2021. The updated charges will now not come into place until 2022.
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The energy white paper is weak on the steps required to encourage members of the public to embrace decarbonised lifestyles, the chief executive of the Climate Change Committee has told MPs. The BEIS select committee also heard from the chief executive of Energy UK and the Decarbonised Gas Alliance.
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The publication of the Energy White Paper this week capped a whirlwind of policy updates on how the UK will hit its 2050 net-zero goal. Among these, the Climate Change Committee’s substantial Sixth Carbon Budget stood out, setting a clear vision and hard deadlines for decarbonisation. David Blackman looks at how it is likely to influence the government’s evolving net-zero strategy.
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In her latest column exclusively for Utility Week members, former Ofgem executive Maxine Frerk gives her views on the RIIO2 final determinations for gas and transmission companies. She highlights signs that the regulator has listened to stakeholders but also areas that remain unresolved.
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If CCS is to be commercialised, we need coherent, clear business rules to govern the operation of integrated networks, argues Clive Ashworth.
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Wave and tidal projects are crossing the gulf between start-ups and global businesses. Janet Wood and Brendan Coyne look at three projects that could hit the big time soon.
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Shops, offices and schools and universities could help manage our electricity demand, and get some financial benefit, by cutting energy usage at peak times, researchers have found. But businesses are wary of making any changes that could affect service levels, or that have high upfront costs such as installing building management systems.
Elements of social policy are increasingly falling to energy and water firms, blurring the lines between the utility and healthcare sectors. By Kathy Oxtoby.
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Lee Jones ask suppliers how preparations for the Energy Company Obligation are going.
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