Policy & regulation

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

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New commitments for water companies, Ofwat and the Environment Agency to increase transparency and reduce the reliance on storm overflows have been made in response to Philip Dunne's Sewage (Inland Waters) Bill. Utility Week speaks to the chair of the Environmental Audit Committee.
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The surprise twist in the Energy White Paper was its embrace of the idea of auto-switching. David Blackman looks at how this and other key planks of the paper landed with the sector, and why it came out of the blue.
Analysis
The Court of Appeal has upheld the government’s decision to grant planning permission to Drax to convert two of the coal units at its power station in North Yorkshire into combined-cycle gas turbines. The judgement is the outcome of an appeal by the environmental law firm Client Earth, which had already lost one legal challenge in the High Court against the decision by the secretary of state for energy to grant a development consent order in 2019.
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As companies across the utilities sector anxiously await the Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)’s final decision on the PR19 appeals, Maxine Frerk looks at how the watchdog operates and asks whether it is still fit for purpose.
Opinion
Agreement may have been reached between the UK and EU on a Brexit trade deal but the talking continues over how energy will be traded between the two sides and how they will work together to overcome common challenges developing renewable energy in the North Sea. David Blackman looks at the key issues to be resolved.
Analysis
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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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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The Eco means utilities need to put processes in place now to manage sensitive customer data, say Darrin Hill and John Skipper.
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Water companies are grappling with the inevitably difficult task of designing social tariffs, as Andrew Williams reports.
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