Policy & regulation

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The government has pledged in its Net Zero Strategy to look at options, including carbon pricing, to shift green levy costs from electricity to gas, while announcing £620 million of additional funding to encourage the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs). Utility Week examines the key proposals contained within this long-awaited roadmap to 2050.
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Three possible pathways towards the decarbonisation of the economy have been set out in the Net Zero Strategy. The strategy noted that the three scenarios – high electrification, high resource and high innovation – are only intended to be illustrative, representing a range of practical ways in which net zero could be delivered rather than the mostly likely or preferred solutions.
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The government has confirmed that households will be offered £5,000 grants to install low carbon-heating through a new £450 million Boiler Upgrade Scheme in its much-anticipated Heat & Buildings Strategy. The strategy also commits to a new target that by 2035 no new gas boilers will be installed for home heating.
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Utility Week launches a new campaign aimed at ensuring the current focus on the energy retail market results in real reform, not more tinkering at the edges. Energy Reset seeks meaningful protection for consumers, an end to the damaging obsession with auto-switching and steps towards long-term relationships between retailers and their customers to drive forward the energy transition.
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The collapse of Avro Energy, affecting 580,000 customers, presents a significant test for Ofgem’s Supplier of Last Resort mechanism. Experts tell David Blackman that it’s a "flip of a coin” as to whether the process will cope.
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The need to adopt methane strategies is an under-explored area of net-zero policy but there are still important steps that can be taken by the government and Ofgem. Maxine Frerk delves into the issue in her latest column for Utility Week.
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Consumer organisations tell Utility Week how they want utilities to respond to customers' needs in the next 20 years.
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Before asking Ofgem to resolve issues in the retail market, we need to form a consensus on what a successful market would look like, say Richard Postance, Advisory Partner at Ernst & Young.
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Consumers in Northern Ireland suffer from some of the highest costs of ­energy in Europe. This, combined with the lowest average wage of all the regions in the UK, has resulted in a fuel poverty level three times higher than that in Great Britain.
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Under intense pressure from peers, the Environment Agency admitted last week that the UK may never achieve "good" status for all its water bodies.
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Brussels has threatened eight EU states with legal action at the European Court of Justice (ECJ) because they have failed to meet rules on unbundling their energy supply businesses to ensure competition.
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