Policy & regulation

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

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Plans have been unveiled by the government detailing how it intends to test automatic switching arrangements for disengaged customers, as well as for extending the price cap. The energy retail strategy confirms that BEIS intends to incrementally introduce opt-in switching, while also trialling an opt-out scheme. Meanwhile, legislation will be introduced to allow for future extensions of the cap beyond 2023.
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Meeting environmental targets and cutting the use of combined sewer overflows have been outlined as key priorities for Ofwat to incentivise in the next price review. Defra has instructed the regulator to make environmental planning and pollution reduction top objectives, in its draft strategic policy statement (SPS) for PR24 and beyond.
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The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is due to deliver its preliminary judgement on the appeals against Ofgem’s RIIO2 price controls next month. In her latest column exclusively for Utility Week members, Maxine Frerk examines what we can learn from the arguments put forward so far.
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As well as presenting a confusing message to the public, the division between the proponents of electrification and green gas risks giving government a licence to delay on decarbonisation of heat. This is the view of Madeleine Gabriel, of innovation agency, Nesta, who highlights some of the more positive steps that could be taken to address the home heating conundrum.
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Biodiversity net gain is a concept enshrined in the Environment Bill 2019-2021, which establishes how the UK's environmental law will function and develop post-Brexit. Experts from Osborne Clarke set out what the bill means for utilities.
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The Energy and Climate Change Committee has been taking evidence from the industry about the acute need to help fuel-poor households, especially those without a mains gas connection. Brendan Coyne heard what they had to say
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Making water companies responsible for social tariffs is "not good enough", the shadow water minister told an online round­table hosted by Utility Week. Gavin Shuker MP said he would look into the feasibility of a national scheme to help customers in need.
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Risks for European utilities have declined over the past quarter, according to a regular report by analysts Citi, but the risk from the economic recession remains high.
David Porter, chief executive of the AEP and Utility Week's newly crowned Industry Champion of 2011, is on the brink of uniting the AEP, ERA and UKBCSE into a single organisation. He talks to Janet Wood.
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It's tough being a water company right now. Consumer and industrial demand is affecting availability, managing the obsolescence of complex, distributed assets is a challenge and the regulator is shifting the incentive model in favour of customer experience.
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Switzerland's plans to abandon nuclear energy in the wake of the Fukushima accident are not yet set in stone - and depend on the results of debates, consultations and a referendum. Siân Crampsie says it's not game over yet
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Water industry stakeholders are divided over key aspects of the government's Water White Paper and whether it is sufficiently ambitious, according to participants in Utility Week's online debate last week.
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