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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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Peter Simpson reflects on the year just passed and looks ahead to 2022. The water sector is facing unprecedented challenges that Simpson says will take new levels of cooperation to meet. He says it must reach out and work with other sectors if it hopes to make real improvements around rivers, pollution and climate adaptation.
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Given its perceived role in unlocking the true potential of the UK’s energy system as it transitions to net zero, the conversation around the Future System Operator no longer centres on if, but when and how. Utility Week gauged the views of smart grid and system operation leads across the energy sector on the roles and responsibilities of the new body and how a functional FSO can be achieved as quickly as possible.
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After distribution network operators (DNOs) published their final RIIO ED2 business plans last month, Grid Edge Policy director and former Ofgem partner, Maxine Frerk, tries (and struggles) to draw some comparisons. Given their various inconsistencies and sheer size – amounting to ten of thousands of pages when including the supporting documents - Frerk asks: who are they expecting to read them?
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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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