Policy & regulation

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

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Newly released government figures show 12.5 per cent of households in England are estimated to be in fuel poverty in 2021. The projection represents a reduction from the figure in 2019 of 13.4 per cent, which BEIS attributes to the progress in energy efficiency.
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As part of Utility Week's Countdown to COP campaign, former Ofgem chief executive Dermot Nolan highlights three things the government should consider in balancing the need for a rapid transformation of the energy system alongside the responsibility to keep costs down for consumers.
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Local elections have meant a further delay to the publication of the keenly anticipated Heat and Buildings Strategy. Energy UK’s Charles Wood discusses what could, and should, be included when the strategy is finally revealed.
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Ofwat’s freshly departed chief executive Rachel Fletcher talks to Utility Week about her highs and lows in the water sector - from price reviews, social contracts, CMA appeals and how the sector rebounded from what she described as its darkest point.
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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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