Policy & regulation

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

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The debate over the imbalance of policy costs and taxation between electricity and gas bills is ramping up as the Treasury investigates how net zero should be paid for. As part of our Countdown to COP campaign, David Blackman looks at the arguments for change alongside concerns that targeting gas bills would hit the fuel poor hardest.
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One of the next Holyrood government’s first acts of the following May’s Scottish Parliament elections should be to make energy and net zero a Cabinet level portfolio, a trade body has urged.
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Pollution incidents caused by water and sewerage companies plateaued in 2019/20 against an overall drop in the number of incidents a report from the Environment Agency shows. Introducing the report, chief executive James Bevan warned that environmental protection and enhancement will come at a cost.
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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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In a water white paper published last month, government pledged to shake up the way we value water. Does it go far enough? How will it work in practice? Join our expert panel for a live webchat, starting at 3pm. You should see a "Cover it live" box embedded immediately below, where the discussion will take place. You will be able to add your own comments as the discussion proceeds.
Denmark will take over the presidency of the European Union for six months in January and has signalled that it plans to pursue its national championing of renewables and energy investment at a European level. David Hayhurst reports
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Gas network companies have warned the government that there is a "policy void" on the future for gas in domestic heating, as they prepare to commission a study looking at the costs and other implications of replacing gas with low-carbon electricity for domestic heating.
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Businesses know energy is expensive, but are reluctant to invest in efficiency measures. As cold weather starts to kick in for the first time this year, Richard Postance tells the government to educate and reassure.
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DNOs know they have to transform their networks into smart grids, but what exactly will this entail? Brendan Coyne sat in on senior managers discussing the issue at the EIC.
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