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”.
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.


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.
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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The UK should take a more directed approach to reaching its 2050 goals to reduce carbon emissions, said Sir David King, who was chief scientific advisor to the Blair government.
The Welsh Government wants greater responsibility for energy planning and policy and is determined to press the case for more devolution in this area, Welsh First Minister Carwyn Jones stressed today.
The government has asked for data from energy intensive users about how they expect to be affected by energy and climate policies that raise the cost of energy. The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills wants to decide how to spend £250 million set aside to stop those businesses moving to countries where energy is cheaper.
The National Joint Utilities Group (Njug) has reacted angrily to Department of Transport plans, announced today, to hike the penalties paid for street works that over-run, saying the new penalties are "an unwarranted and disproportionate burden for business".

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