Policy & regulation

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

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Plans to interconnect clusters of offshore windfarms by strengthening legal clarity over the licensing of multi-purpose interconnectors have been confirmed by the government. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Offshore Transmission Network Review is exploring how to take a more strategic approach to windfarm development, including how best to facilitate MPIs.
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Ofgem is considering introducing independent distribution system operators (IDSOs) as a way of meeting the needs of the future energy system. The proposal is one of four solutions the regulator is currently considering as part of its review into local energy system operation.
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Support for the UK’s 2050 emissions eradication drive has increased since the outbreak of the Ukraine war, according to new polling, which also shows that working class Tory voters are more likely than average to back the net zero policy.
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“Truly horrific” is how Scottish Power’s chief executive recently described the looming winter energy bill crisis. As such it’s time for a massive shift in policy and approach. Writing for Utility Week Keith Anderson says with the Queen’s Speech due in a few weeks’ time, the government must consider how to introduce a social tariff to protect those most in need.
Opinion
The government’s energy security strategy contained bold new targets on nuclear and offshore wind but critics argue it does little to address immediate concerns. Experts tell David Blackman there are question marks about how the headline targets will be achieved and dismay at opportunities wasted in areas such as onshore wind and energy efficiency.
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Consumer research shows water companies are increasingly being seen as the primary culprits when it comes to river pollution, yet public awareness of the work they are doing to mitigate these impacts is actually dropping. Ruth Williams asks why the water sector has struggled to make its voice heard.
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The Competition Commission's unconditional clearance of the South Staffs/Cambridge Water merger should give water investors confidence to consider consolidating acquisitions, say David Aitman, James Aitken and Satyen Dhana.
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It's not yet clear what the repercussions will be for energy companies if, as seems inescapable, they don't meet Cert targets set for December 2012.
Comment
Smart grid shortfalls could put the brakes on the success of electric vehicles and must be guarded against, says Richard Postance.
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Most microgeneration installer firms are small, young and regional, leaving the sector vulnerable to 'cowboy' accusations, says Richard Hanna.
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The National Planning Policy Framework will pile work on utilities as they will be forced to engage in ever more local planning. Philip Lewis reports.
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