Policy & regulation

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

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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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Ofwat has rejected calls to change its charging rules to let appellant companies implement whatever ruling the CMA determines from April 2021. The updated charges will now not come into place until 2022.
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The energy white paper is weak on the steps required to encourage members of the public to embrace decarbonised lifestyles, the chief executive of the Climate Change Committee has told MPs. The BEIS select committee also heard from the chief executive of Energy UK and the Decarbonised Gas Alliance.
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The publication of the Energy White Paper this week capped a whirlwind of policy updates on how the UK will hit its 2050 net-zero goal. Among these, the Climate Change Committee’s substantial Sixth Carbon Budget stood out, setting a clear vision and hard deadlines for decarbonisation. David Blackman looks at how it is likely to influence the government’s evolving net-zero strategy.
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In her latest column exclusively for Utility Week members, former Ofgem executive Maxine Frerk gives her views on the RIIO2 final determinations for gas and transmission companies. She highlights signs that the regulator has listened to stakeholders but also areas that remain unresolved.
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Consumer organisations tell Utility Week how they want utilities to respond to customers' needs in the next 20 years.
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Before asking Ofgem to resolve issues in the retail market, we need to form a consensus on what a successful market would look like, say Richard Postance, Advisory Partner at Ernst & Young.
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Consumers in Northern Ireland suffer from some of the highest costs of ­energy in Europe. This, combined with the lowest average wage of all the regions in the UK, has resulted in a fuel poverty level three times higher than that in Great Britain.
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Under intense pressure from peers, the Environment Agency admitted last week that the UK may never achieve "good" status for all its water bodies.
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Brussels has threatened eight EU states with legal action at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) because they have failed to meet rules on unbundling their energy supply businesses to ensure competition.
Ofwat has gained three new board members but no replacement for Phillip Fletcher as chairman has yet emerged.
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SSE has made major changes its retail offering, reducing its energy products range to two standard and two fixed options based on a standing charge and a unit charge. However, it has left room for more variation by allowing customers to pay for optional add-ons.
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