Policy & regulation

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

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Ofgem has confirmed another double supplier failure, taking the total number of exits via the Supplier of Last Resort (SoLR) process so far this year to 26. The collapse of Orbit and Entice Energy means November 2021 is the worst ever month for market exits via SoLR, with a total of 10 failures.
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The special administration of Bulb will be backed by a £1.7 billion government loan. Approving the unprecedented use of the special administration regime, a judge said state backing was of "existential importance" to continue supply to Bulb's 1.7 million customers.
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Although water companies risk bearing the brunt of public anger over sewage spills, the government has shown little appetite for allowing them the level of investment needed to tackle the issue effectively, Utility Week has been told. Ministers must now “take off the shackles” following the passage of the long-awaited Environment Act.
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The Heat & Buildings Strategy included encouraging signs for advocates of both electrification and hydrogen but experts have warned that the ‘buildings’ element of the blueprint remains alarmingly vague. David Blackman looks at the role of energy efficiency in decarbonisation of heat and where further support is needed.
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The government should consider picking up the tab for Last Resort Supply Payment claims to spread out the costs of the industry levy and protect consumers from a sharp increase in energy bills next year, Energy UK’s deputy chief has stated. Audrey Gallacher, who also serves as the trade body’s director of policy, made the suggestion after Bulb became the first supplier to enter the special administration regime earlier this week.
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Customers' understanding of the role they can play in lowering carbon emissions must be addressed if utility companies want to get them on-board for the net zero journey. A panel of experts at the Utility Week Adapting for net zero conference said utilities must be assertive and take the time to explain the benefits to consumers of changing their behaviour to lower emissions.
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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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