Policy & regulation

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

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All eight of the electricity and gas transmission and gas distribution networks have now confirmed they are seeking appeals from the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) of Ofgem’s final determinations on their RIIO2 business plans for 2021 to 2026. The only company to accept its final determination in full is National Grid Electricity System Operator.
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The House of Commons Public Accounts Committee has given a withering assessment of the government’s preparations for decarbonisation, saying there is “no coordinated plan with clear milestones towards achieving the target” of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
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Rishi Sunak has allocated around £100 million of new cash for testbed energy projects in a Budget that has otherwise been branded a “missed opportunity” to take forward the Prime Minister’s green recovery plan.
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The principle of no customer being left behind in the shift to a smarter, more flexible energy system is hard to argue with. However, some experts believe that in the short-term a just transition is just impossible. As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, James Wallin examines different pathways to fairness – from ensuring the most vulnerable benefit first to the introduction of non-participant tariffs.
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The publication of John Penrose’s review into the effectiveness of UK regulation could be dismissed as simply another Whitehall shelf-filler. However, David Blackman argues that Penrose’s proximity to the centre of power mean his views are more likely than most to be acted upon. So, what could this mean for utilities?
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It is crucial that the water sector is not excluded from decarbonisation incentives so it can play a full role in the path to 2050, says Dr Keith Colquhoun, Climate Change & ESG Manager at Thames Water. As part of our Countdown to COP coverage, he also discusses the water sector’s ambitious target to reduce operational emissions to net zero by 2030.
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Innovation is not top of water companies' to-do lists. Will the situation ever change? asks Karma Ockenden.
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Economy 7 has been remarkably successful in the past. Multiple benefits would result from a new domestic energy storage incentive as part of the Green Deal, argues Colin Calder.
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Ofwat's section 13 proposals have so horrified water firms that a Competition Commission showdown looks inevitable, says Clive Mottram.
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With exam season approaching, William Sprigge grades the Water White Paper and the initial legislation to follow from it - the Water Industry (Financial Assistance) Bill.
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Smart metering has the potential to deliver huge benefits to many parties, but current proposals come at a high price to the consumer - an estimated £12 billion. More companies than ever are voicing serious concerns about both the timescales, costs and promised financial benefits.
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Despite a brief media storm last week, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) was adamant that a new Energy Bill would be included in the Queen's Speech this week. A flurry of suggestions that the Bill would be pushed out by Lords' reform were firmly quashed by the department, but not before they caught out a couple of players who welcomed the delay on the grounds that the government could go back and "get it right" (to which add, as always, "for me").
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