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Plans have been unveiled by the government detailing how it intends to test automatic switching arrangements for disengaged customers, as well as for extending the price cap. The energy retail strategy confirms that BEIS intends to incrementally introduce opt-in switching, while also trialling an opt-out scheme. Meanwhile, legislation will be introduced to allow for future extensions of the cap beyond 2023.
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Meeting environmental targets and cutting the use of combined sewer overflows have been outlined as key priorities for Ofwat to incentivise in the next price review. Defra has instructed the regulator to make environmental planning and pollution reduction top objectives, in its draft strategic policy statement (SPS) for PR24 and beyond.
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Utility Week explores the wide range of new roles and responsibilities an independent energy system operator may be asked to take on. These include a possible statutory duty to advise government, Ofgem, code managers, councils and other bodies, as well as taking on some secretary of state functions with regard to the Capacity Market and playing an active part in the rollout of hydrogen and CCUS.
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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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After years of ad hoc interventions, the energy market has devolved into a tangled mess. The government has replaced consumers and suppliers as the real buyer of energy – picking winners and losers through a multitude of overlapping policies – its hand often guided by lobbyists. As a result, the decarbonisation of the energy system has been more expensive than necessary.
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Dieter Helm’s cost of energy review concluded that the scale and number of interventions in the energy market are now so great that “few if any could even list them all, and their interactions are poorly understood”. In the third of a three-part series, Utility Week looks at what the review means for energy generation.
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Dieter Helm’s cost of energy review concluded that energy costs are “significantly higher” than they should be. It, therefore, makes the case for standard variable tariffs to be scrapped, and replaced by specialist default tariffs. In the second of a three-part series, Utility Week looks at what the review means for energy supply.
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The budget will be announced by chancellor Philip Hammond on 22 November. Nigel Hawkins looks at what it might contain, and the relevance for utilities.
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