The pandemic has created a unique opportunity for Ofgem to provide a framework that embraces flexibility and incentivises networks to facilitate the transition to net zero, writes James Crouch of Burns & McDonnell
Could the upheaval of the coronavirus pandemic present the ideal platform to create a new independent entity to navigate the path to net-zero – or has the crucial momentum for such change already been lost? Jane Gray discusses.
Ian Cameron, head of customer service and innovation for UK Power Networks, discusses the takeaways for the water sector, which has been granted a £200 million innovation fund for AMP7, from the innovation incentives in RIIO-1.
Ofwat’s unwillingness to concede any of the points raised by the companies appealing its PR19 final determinations has effectively ended hopes of an early resolution to the process, according to Anglian Water. The company and the other three appellants were responding in the latest stage of the Competition & Markets Authority’s investigation. They accused Ofwat of mischaracterisation, inflexibility and making errors throughout the price review process
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.
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.
A block will remain on new onshore wind projects in England unless local authorities play their part and identify areas for their development, a leading renewable energy investor has told Utility Week.
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.
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
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.