Policy & regulation

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

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Brexit has pushed the UK to the “back of the queue” for developing interconnectors, Sir Ed Davey has claimed. The former energy and climate change secretary of state said that he “never found any European rules that got in the way” of the UK’s renewable energy push.
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After a bruising week for the energy retail market, in which wholesale power prices hit dramatic new heights, more than 500,000 customers saw their supplier exit the market and a major price comparison website was forced to suspend its energy services, the real fear is that we have yet to see the worst. Adam John looks at where the energy retail sector goes from here.
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The third energy minister in nine months has been unveiled, with Greg Hands taking over the brief from Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Utility Week's policy correspondent David Blackman looks at why the appointment will probably be greeted with less disquiet in the sector than that of his predecessor.
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Ofgem has made clear that decarbonisation is at the heart of its strategy but without updated guidance from government, how can it tackle the trade-offs net zero will inevitably present? Utility Week asked experts in energy regulation what they want to see in the promised strategic policy statement (SPS) from government, as well as where unintended consequences could lie and if there is a better way to provide clear direction on Ofgem’s role in a future energy system.
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Macquarie has signaled its determination to plough capital into the water sector's whipping boy Southern Water as it continues its struggle to "become brilliant at the basics". Industry analyst Nigel Hawkins examines the bid and its background.
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Utility Week policy correspondent David Blackman examines the government’s call for evidence on how the Capacity Market could be redesigned to sift out high-carbon fossil fuel generation and prevent it from being baked into the energy mix for years to come.
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Margaret Thatcher's programme of privatisation revolutionised the utilities sector in the UK. Nigel Hawkins assesses her legacy.
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Every day this week, we published online a blog from a thought leader in energy looking at the fraught issue of trust. You can read them all on our website, or turn to page 22 for the highlights. Reading these comments from a broad cross-section of politicians, energy companies and trade bodies, one thing is painfully clear: it's going to take more than fine words to rebuild trust between energy providers and their customers.
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As ex-energy minister Charles Hendry prepares to quit politics, he takes some parting shots at Decc's current frontmen. He talks to Mathew Beech
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The UK energy market must fit within an EU-wide framework being developed in parallel - that means EMR will not be the last word, says Janet Wood
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The cost private sewer transfer has imposed on water companies is slowly emerging. Nigel Hawkins looks at whether IDoKs are likely
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In the wake of RMR and the SSE mis-selling fine, Roger Barnard urges Ofgem to stop pretending that competition is working or still applicable to modern energy challenges
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Every water company business plan will be given one of three grades according to a standard series of tests, Ofwat said today in its consultation on business plans for setting price controls for 2015-20
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Water UK has apologised to Ofwat chairman, Jonson Cox, after one of its senior executives said relations between the regulator and the industry were still icy six months after his appointment.
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