Policy & regulation

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

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Boris Johnson has stated it will be up to his successor to make any significant decisions on further support for people struggling to pay spiralling energy bills. The outgoing prime minister, along with chancellor of the exchequer Nadhim Zahawi and business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng, met with energy industry leaders at a roundtable to discuss potential solutions to the current crisis.
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The government has proposed using a dual Contracts for Difference (CfD) mechanism with separate strike prices for electricity generation and negative emissions to spur the development of bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) power stations. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy said this would be "familiar and effective", offering stable revenues to investors whilst also providing paybacks to consumers when power or carbon prices are high.
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The National Drought Group will meet again on Friday as the country experiences another heatwave but is yet to declare any parts of the country are in drought. Four water companies have imposed hosepipe bans following the prolonged dry weather and water efficiency messaging has been ramped up by all suppliers
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With drought expected to be officially declared in parts of England today, can the water sector turn this crisis into an opportunity to communicate the importance of water efficiency? Ruth Williams examines how the sector can build trust and share knowledge, as well as what progress companies themselves can make.
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The introduction of hosepipe bans by three water companies this week has sparked a wave of negative headlines. But is the water sector missing a golden opportunity to use the current pressures on water demand to engage with consumers about the need for long-term behaviour change?
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Whoever wins the Conservative leadership race will face immediate pressure to deliver on the promise of more secure, affordable, green energy. Sue Ferns, of the Prospect union, insists that this must start with a clear delivery plan that provides certainty for investors, an expanded skills pipeline, and good green jobs.
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Britain's bold and pioneering smart meter deployment will be watched - and possibly bought - by the rest of the world, says Rich Hampshire
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It almost seems churlish to have a go at a department that is so clearly under siege from the rest of government, but needs must, I am afraid. We are now told that the Energy Bill - the flagship of the Department of Energy and Climate Change (Decc) energy market reform fleet - is due to sail into Parliament at the end of October.
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Ofwat is investigating how to incentivise companies to buy and sell water rather than invest in assets. Justin Pugsley looks at the issues and implications
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Clive Mottram looks at the new licence options on offer in the draft Water Bill and asks, will they drive an active, competitive market?
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Water firms should upgrade energy-hungry processes and equipment to leaner, lower carbon alternatives, says Dave Hawley
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It's been a long, slow process improving our housing stock. In the new-build sector, the government has taken immense care to keep housebuilders on side. Those builders have had years of warning of when energy efficiency standards will be tightened, and a roadmap towards still better standards in future that could not be clearer. Nonetheless, housebuilders have complained that capital costs will increase, and prices will go up for buyers.
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