Policy & regulation

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

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The government has confirmed key details of the fourth Contracts for Difference auction, to open in late 2021. The auction’s capacity will increase from 5.8GW in 2019 to 12GW, with offshore wind moved to its own pot. Floating offshore wind projects will be able to bid for contracts for the first time, while onshore wind and solar will be allowed to compete once again. The government has also launched a consultation on a Supply Chain Plan, aimed at “increasing the competitiveness of UK manufacturers”.
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Yorkshire Water has accused Ofwat of resorting to "populist" tactics, with an "unrestrained attack" on foreign investors in the sector. The company warned that the regulator risks undermining trust in the system and driving away investors. The accusations are included in the latest submission to the PR19 appeals.
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Utility Week’s policy correspondent David Blackman discusses the implications on the utilities sector of Boris Johnson’s plan for a “green industrial revolution”. He assesses the winners and losers from the speech, as well as the areas where question marks remain.
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Ofwat’s new £200 million fund for water sector innovation aims to trigger transformational change in the way the sector tackles it's grand challenges. But will it succeed? This was the question up for debate among industry leaders at a virtual round table, supported by CGI.
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Northern Ireland Water is raising non-domestic rates for 2012/13 above inflation but below limits set by the regulator, it announced today.
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Ian Marlee explains why Ofgem believes forcing the big six to auction a quarter of their generation will inject competition into energy.
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Utilities are reticent about getting into telecoms again, but propositions that link telecoms to core energy offerings could deliver significant growth. Mark Nicol scrutinises SSE's strategy.
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New water merger policy should get water-only company consolidation moving but is unlikely to lead to a WaSC/WaSC union, says Clive Mottram.
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Decc is gambling that EMR - particularly measures to support new nuclear - will clear state aid rules. Paul Brennan and Hilda O'Connor are not so sure.
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At the start of the year, Which? published the results of its energy company satisfaction survey. Not only was this a great accolade for Good ­Energy, which topped the league table with a score of 84 per cent, but it was also a big win for the smaller suppliers in general, which took the top five places.
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One of the frustrations for customers of regulated industries is that on the rare occasion the regulator does impose a penalty, it disappears into the Treasury with no benefit to customers. Perhaps that's a frustration for regulators, too: they are taking a more inventive approach.
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Subsidies for domestic renewable heating technologies look like being almost a year later than planned, government has admitted. In the meantime, the department of energy and climate change (Decc) has put forward proposals for ensuring the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) stays within its budget and can be controlled predictably.
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