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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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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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It's time to embrace energy reform that in the past might have seemed radical but in the future, is essential, say SSE chief executive Alistair Phillips-Davies.
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