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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The Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) is writing to four million vulnerable households as suppliers warn that they are in danger of missing the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (Cert) because they are struggling to help those most in need.
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Proposals to reform the energy retail market have been criticised by large and small suppliers and by the consumer watchdog, who believe the proposals clash with other government policies.
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A single department with responsibility for all energy matters, the radical reduction of Northern Ireland's dependency on home heating oil, and renewable electricity-based heating for the south and west where gas networks may never reach, are three of the recommendations of a new report on the energy industry in Northern Ireland. The report, 'Energising Northern Ireland', was commissioned by the Consumer Council and produced by former energy Minister, Lord Whitty.
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With private sewers now transferred, water companies are gearing up to take control of private pumping stations. Nick Orman explains .
Education, employment, tax and immigration policy must change to halt the loss of renewable energy talent to other countries, says Paul Flynn.
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The government's apparant inability to find a counterparty to guarantee the contracts for difference (CFD) element of its proposals to reform the electricity market could lead to the Renewables Obligation (RO) being extended three years until 2020. That's the view of one of the MPs on the Energy and Climate Change Select Committee.
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