Policy & regulation

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

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The government’s ambitious target to cut emissions by 78 per cent by 2035 will inevitably lead to more pressure on the utilities sector to deliver on its own decarbonisation plans. As part of Utility Week's Countdown to COP campaign, David Blackman looks at where that pressure is likely to be applied.
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The government has confirmed the fourth Contracts for Difference (CfD) allocation round will open to applications in December 2021, saying the announcement would “provide further clarity to prospective participants”. Alongside the announcement, the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy also published its response to a consultation on changes to supply chain plans and contract terms.
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Water sector investors do not feel listened to by Ofwat according to its annual survey, which nevertheless showed overall support for the regulator’s policies and methods. The poll found 48 per cent of respondents did not feel the regulators was taking their views on board.
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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.
Opinion
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.
Opinion
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 chief inspector of drinking water has accused Water UK of sending muddled messages and making"disingenuous" claims about the sector's work on water quality.
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Scottish electricity grid companies have attacked proposals by energy regulator Ofgem for reform of the charging regime for using electricity transmission ­networks.
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The gas industry has warned Ofgem that its proposals for the immediate reform of the gas cash-out regime in an emergency could backfire and cost consumers more.
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The solar sector remains deeply divided over the continuing feed-in tariff (FIT) wrangle, with some firms arguing that a drawn-out legal challenge and appeal process is more damaging for the industry than the proposed cuts.
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THE European Commission has drafted a plan ensuring cash-strapped international nuclear fusion project ITER would have funding of Euro EUR2.573 billion from 2014 to 2018.
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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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