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The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) will publish a summary of its responses to the eight appeals against the RIIO2 price controls for gas and transmission networks next week. The appeals centre around the cost of capital and the outperformance wedge.
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The institutional reforms to the energy industry recently proposed by the government and Ofgem represent “unfinished business,” an influential academic has argued. Catherine Mitchell, professor of energy policy at the University of Exeter, described the proposals as “tantalising” and stated: “It’s really irritating that they just have not gone that extra step.”
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Ofwat has confirmed its decision to temporarily increase the maximum prices business retailers are permitted to charge as a result of increased levels of bad debt. Under the regulator's plans, where bad costs across the market exceed 2 per cent of revenue, retailers will bear 25 per cent of the costs, with the rest passed on to customers.
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The Competition & Markets Authority (CMA) is due to deliver its preliminary judgement on the appeals against Ofgem’s RIIO2 price controls next month. In her latest column exclusively for Utility Week members, Maxine Frerk examines what we can learn from the arguments put forward so far.
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Energy suppliers representing 90 per cent of domestic customers have signed up to fresh commitments to support those worried about paying bills this winter. Energy UK deputy chief executive Audrey Gallacher looks at what else the sector is doing to help struggling billpayers.
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As part of our Countdown to COP focus on the future of regulation, the National Infrastructure Commission’s Giles Stevens gives his view on why overhauling the regulatory process is essential for meeting the net-zero target.
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A new regulatory framework is required to help finance the upfront grid investment seen as key for cost effective delivery of net zero, while protecting consumers, National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) has argued. Responding to the Welsh Affairs Committee’s ongoing inquiry into grid capacity in Wales, the ESO said this would help to solve a “chicken and egg” concerning investment in new generation and transmission capacity.
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Ofgem has been accused of being reactive in its approach to assessing financial resilience in the energy retail sector, as well as slow to design new policies to address risk, in a new report. The 111-page document, written by finance consultancy Oxera, made a series of recommendations to strengthen Ofgem's regulatory regime following dozens of supplier failures over the last year.
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Energy UK has called for the inclusion of a new legislation in the Queen’s speech on Tuesday (10 May) to set the foundations for the energy system over the next decade. The organisation said there has been no major energy legislation since 2013, during which time the sector has changed dramatically. It said a new Energy Bill is now needed to put in place the necessary framework and powers to deliver on the government’s climate commitments.
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Water companies are still failing to “get the basics rights” when comes to customer service, according to Ofwat chief executive David Black. Speaking at the regulator’s annual non-executive director conference, Black warned that if things stay as they are, they will not be trusted to tackle other major issues like improving water quality in rivers and reducing consumption to prevent shortages.
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Energy retailers have been given three weeks to provide Ofgem with information relating to their direct debit activities, the business and energy secretary Kwasi Kwarteng has confirmed. It comes after the regulator’s chief executive Jonathan Brearley expressed concerns that some suppliers may have been increasing direct debit payments by more than is necessary or directing customers to tariffs that may not be in their best interest.
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Western Power Distribution has agreed to pay out £14.9 million into Ofgem's voluntary redress fund following a series of failings regarding its priority services register (PSR). The two-year investigation into the network operator found it failed to promptly notify and update some of its 1.7 million PSR customers who were affected by power cuts about when supplies would be restored and what assistance was available.
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Ofgem has opted to reduce connection charges for distribution network customers as part of its significant code review of network access arrangements. Network operators will also be required to offer larger users standardised flexible connection options with clear curtailment limits and end dates.
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As the government rushes to secure the UK's energy supplies whilst weaning the country off Russian gas, there are reports that EDF's Hinkley Point B nuclear power station could be spared from imminent closure and that ministers are in talks with South Korea to help build the series of new nuclear plants promised by the prime minister. Meanwhile, the Liberal Democrats have released figures showing raw sewage was discharged into English bathing waters more than 25,000 times in 2021. This and more in Utility Week's latest round up of the weekend papers. 
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Ofgem has redistributed more than £384,000 of Renewables Obligation payments recovered from business energy supplier Delta Gas and Power after the late payment deadline for 2020/21. The money has been returned to suppliers in proportion the mutualisation payments they made to fill the shortfall that remained following the deadline.
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Ofwat has proposed a new approach to monitoring and regulating operational resilience as it takes a longer-term view of sector-wide challenges. The regulator said this will include asking water companies to report on a series of new measures covering asset health, unplanned maintenance and equipment failures that will eventually be consolidated into an “integrated monitoring framework”.
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National Grid Electricity System Operator (ESO) is vetting stalled projects seeking a grid connection in a bid to tackle bottlenecks on the transmission network in South Wales that threaten to hold back potentially more viable renewable energy developments. Giving evidence to the House of Commons Welsh Affairs Committee on Wednesday (27 April), the ESO’s head of networks Julian Leslie said the body is taking steps to take projects out of the connection pipeline that are not progressing.
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Plans to interconnect clusters of offshore windfarms by strengthening legal clarity over the licensing of multi-purpose interconnectors have been confirmed by the government. The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy’s Offshore Transmission Network Review is exploring how to take a more strategic approach to windfarm development, including how best to facilitate MPIs.
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