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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Jonson Cox has stamped his authority on Ofwat in resolving the Section 13 debacle. Now he has dividends in his sights, he tells Megan Darby
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What implications would an independent Scotland have for the electricity sector? Anthony Tshibangu reports
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The latest Roc bands strongly favour coal-to-biomass conversion over new dedicated biomass plant. Richard Bowen analyses the decision
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Ofwat wants water companies to share unearned outperformance gains with customers. Felicity Furness says some embrace the reputational boost but others fear for cost of capital
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Few would envy Jonson Cox his post as chair of Ofwat. When he joined the regulator, pretty much every other party in the sector was lined up against it - water companies, consumer bodies and investors all condemned its attempt to give itself broad-ranging and ill-defined future powers, under Section 13 of the licence modifications. It was an unnecessary and damaging row which, to his great credit, Cox swiftly and bloodlessly resolved.
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