Policy & regulation

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

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Plans have been unveiled by the government detailing how it intends to test automatic switching arrangements for disengaged customers, as well as for extending the price cap. The energy retail strategy confirms that BEIS intends to incrementally introduce opt-in switching, while also trialling an opt-out scheme. Meanwhile, legislation will be introduced to allow for future extensions of the cap beyond 2023.
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Meeting environmental targets and cutting the use of combined sewer overflows have been outlined as key priorities for Ofwat to incentivise in the next price review. Defra has instructed the regulator to make environmental planning and pollution reduction top objectives, in its draft strategic policy statement (SPS) for PR24 and beyond.
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The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is due to deliver its preliminary judgement on the appeals against Ofgem’s RIIO2 price controls next month. In her latest column exclusively for Utility Week members, Maxine Frerk examines what we can learn from the arguments put forward so far.
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As well as presenting a confusing message to the public, the division between the proponents of electrification and green gas risks giving government a licence to delay on decarbonisation of heat. This is the view of Madeleine Gabriel, of innovation agency, Nesta, who highlights some of the more positive steps that could be taken to address the home heating conundrum.
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Biodiversity net gain is a concept enshrined in the Environment Bill 2019-2021, which establishes how the UK's environmental law will function and develop post-Brexit. Experts from Osborne Clarke set out what the bill means for utilities.
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Nuclear power has traditionally been a low-carbon rival to offshore wind, but perhaps the nuclear experience could teach wind a thing or two, say Michael Kruse and Julia Heizinger
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The Energy Bill looks set to put the brakes on the big six's dominance of the traded wholesale power market. Mark Evans reports
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Ofwat is changing its pricing methodology to focus on outcomes rather than outputs, but companies may not behave as expected, say Felicity Furness and Elie Evans
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"Why the Green Deal could make your home a hard sell." "A Green Deal but not a great deal." "The Green Deal is just for fat cats, not consumers." Sigh. The Green Deal emerged blinking into the light this week, to be greeted by a chorus of a disappointment, cynicism and "I told you sos".
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Exclusive research by Alva for Utility Week reveals EDF Energy had the best reputation and Npower the worst of the big six suppliers in the last quarter of 2012. But sentiment towards the entire sector is in decline. Karma Ockenden reports
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Selling infrastructure projects to local people and national stakeholders now means having frank, constructive dialogue that will influence the development of schemes. Andrew Mann advises early informal consultation
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