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Electricity North West has proposed spending almost £2 billion over five years as part of the first draft of its business plan for the RIIO ED2 price controls beginning in April 2023. The electricity distribution network said the plan is built on feedback from a two-year consultation involving more than 18,000 customers and stakeholders.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has agreed to make a £1.5 million redress payment after an investigation by Ofgem found it had breached its licence conditions by failing to provide accurate and unbiased demand forecasts. The regulator said it does not believe the ESO deliberately set out to breach its licence conditions but “did not put in place adequate senior oversight and compliance controls to identify and mitigate this behaviour.”
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Ofwat’s freshly departed chief executive Rachel Fletcher talks to Utility Week about her highs and lows in the water sector - from price reviews, social contracts, CMA appeals and how the sector rebounded from what she described as its darkest point.
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The past month has seen announcements on the three sets of appeals that should be on a Competition & Markets Authority (CMA)-watcher’s radar – the granting of permission on the RIIO2 appeals, the final decision on PR19 in water and the decision on the rather obscure SSE code modification appeal. Maxine Frerk picks through the pertinent points and discusses the next steps.
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Western Power Distribution chief executive Phil Swift explains how the company has responded to calls to be radical and ambitious in the second draft of its business plan for the RIIO ED2 price controls beginning in 2023.
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Ofgem’s proposal to make energy suppliers repay surplus credit balances has received mixed reactions. Is the regulator cracking down on unsustainable business models or choosing short-term wins over a permanent fix for a broken market? Adam John asks what this latest crackdown says about the nature of regulation in energy retail.
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Water UK has promised the sector will rise to the challenge of Ofwat’s 2019 price review, which the regulator has promised will be “tougher for the average company”.
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And so we come to the end of another year – and, like those before it, 2017 has been a challenging one for utilities. Energy and water businesses have found themselves subject to political scrutiny, regulatory change and intense, sometimes unwelcome, national media attention.
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