Regulation

All the latest on progress towards PR19 and RIIO-2 as well as the continued evolution of the roles played by Ofgem, Ofwat and the other sector regulators.
Autoswitching sites continue to grow as customers look for better deals without the hassle. But is regulation and consolidation on the cards for the future? Rachel Willcox reports.
Analysis
The rapidly evolving nature of the energy system may trigger reform of its regulation, the energy minister has said. Kwasi Kwarteng promised that a whole chapter of the government’s upcoming white paper would be devoted to energy systems and the challenges involved in their design.
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Prof Dieter Helm, author of the Cost of Energy Review, talks to Utility Week about his radical ideas on how to rip up the current system of governance across the utilities sector, and why net zero has made this essential. He explains why he expects the energy white paper to “pave the way” for his recommendations and his view that the current price controls will be the sector’s last.
Analysis
The national talk around regional growth has so far focused mainly on the transport sector, but Northern Powerhouse Partnership’s Henri Murison knows the role of energy and water companies will be just as critical for economic rebalancing and capability, as Suzanne Heneghan reports.
Analysis
The government has unveiled proposals to extend the powers of heat network developers, allowing them to carry out certain development and highways works. The publication of the consultation paper has been tied with the award of £40 million for seven heat networks
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Network operators need to make big changes to transition to ‘DSOs’ if we are to meet decarbonisation targets. But how much progress are they actually making? In the latest of our Utility of the Future series, Elaine Knutt investigates.
Analysis
Utility Week magazine editor Suzanne Heneghan looks at what's in the in-tray for Ofgem's new chief executive and how his decarbonisation plan may be a signal of intent.
Comment
What wisdom can the likes of Ofcom and the Pensions Regulator bring to utility regulation? Denise Chevin asks Emily Keaney, director of the umbrella organisation the UK Regulators Network.
Interviews
Regulating heat networks will protect consumers and reduce development risks, according to Charlotte Owen, policy officer at the Association for Decentralised Energy
Analysis
For the next instalment of our Regulation pillar, we asked our Utility of the Future Advisory Board how they would recast the regulatory framework to help achieve net zero and ensure a good deal for consumers in the energy retail sector of the future.
Analysis
Leakage targets have been set by Ofwat to see a country-wide reduction of 17 per cent and some companies tasked with up to 25 per cent. A new report, available exclusively to Utility Week members, looks at how the sector is approaching the issue and some of the lessons learnt to date.
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