Regulation

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
News
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.
News
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
News
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.
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