Policy & regulation

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

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Brexit has pushed the UK to the “back of the queue” for developing interconnectors, Sir Ed Davey has claimed. The former energy and climate change secretary of state said that he “never found any European rules that got in the way” of the UK’s renewable energy push.
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After a bruising week for the energy retail market, in which wholesale power prices hit dramatic new heights, more than 500,000 customers saw their supplier exit the market and a major price comparison website was forced to suspend its energy services, the real fear is that we have yet to see the worst. Adam John looks at where the energy retail sector goes from here.
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The third energy minister in nine months has been unveiled, with Greg Hands taking over the brief from Anne-Marie Trevelyan. Utility Week's policy correspondent David Blackman looks at why the appointment will probably be greeted with less disquiet in the sector than that of his predecessor.
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Ofgem has made clear that decarbonisation is at the heart of its strategy but without updated guidance from government, how can it tackle the trade-offs net zero will inevitably present? Utility Week asked experts in energy regulation what they want to see in the promised strategic policy statement (SPS) from government, as well as where unintended consequences could lie and if there is a better way to provide clear direction on Ofgem’s role in a future energy system.
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Macquarie has signaled its determination to plough capital into the water sector's whipping boy Southern Water as it continues its struggle to "become brilliant at the basics". Industry analyst Nigel Hawkins examines the bid and its background.
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Utility Week policy correspondent David Blackman examines the government’s call for evidence on how the Capacity Market could be redesigned to sift out high-carbon fossil fuel generation and prevent it from being baked into the energy mix for years to come.
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Now that Europe's 2020 target for greenhouse gas emissions is in sight, the European Commission has reignited the debate on setting higher targets to help it meet its longer term carbon reduction ambitions. Sian Crampsie reports
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Nicola Williams and Claire Bertram look at Ofgem's proposed new guidelines on enforcement, which include an early resolution settlement procedure.
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DIY retailers must make water efficiency palatable and easy for the consumer. Ben Earl says B&Q is taking the lead.
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Few dispute Midata's intentions, but with issues such as security, liability and practical delivery far from sorted, giving consumers access to their data will be no walk in the park. Kathy Oxtoby reports.
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The Gas Forum's new managing director David Cox is adamant that gas supplies are plentiful, and that Ofgem's Code Review could damage the industry. He talks to Trevor Loveday.
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The charges levied by distribution and transmission companies for use of their networks are so volatile and unpredictable that they create major unhedgeable risks for suppliers. From 2010 to 2011, domestic electricity distribution charges changed between -3 per cent and 24 per cent, based on average consumption figures across the 14 distribution network operator (DNO) regions. The latest indicative tariffs suggest that households will see similar changes for the coming year.
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