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 average water bill in England and Wales is expected to rise by 0.5 per cent above inflation to £376 in 2012/13.
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Energy minister Charles Hendry has claimed that key elements of the government's electricity market reform (EMR) are on schedule, would not fall foul of European Union state aid rules and that National Grid will not unduly influence policy decisions.
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Health and safety regulation is to be streamlined and simplified. Rob Elvin and Hayley Schofield look at the implications for utilities.
Mathew Palmer says TV spectrum "white space" could facilitate the communications technology of choice for smart grids.
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The European Commission is about to unveil a radical shake-up of data protection law. Eduardo Ustaran urges utilities to be ready to comply.
The affordability provisions in the Water White Paper are woefully inadequate and will leave thousands of customers struggling to pay. Tony Smith discusses the issues with Karma Ockenden.
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The Energy Infrastructure Portal has smoothed the path for network operators applying for planning consents, as Justin Hassall and Ian Grimley explain.
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