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Six of the nine water and sewerage companies in England have seen their star rating reduced in the Environment Agency's latest annual Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) for 2021, with two companies – Southern and South West – receiving just one. However, three companies – Northumbrian, Severn Trent and United Utilities – retained their top four-star rating.
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The Environment Agency (EA) has urged courts to impose far tougher sentences on water companies that pollute, including prison sentences for chief executives and company boards for “serious and deliberate” incidents. The call came as the agency released its annual Environmental Performance Assessment for 2021, which showed the number of serious pollution incidents rising to 62 - the higher number since 2013. EA chair Emma Howard Boyd described the findings as "shocking".
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Ofwat has added a new element to its innovation competition that will allow entries from outside the sector to bid on a pot of £4 million without being sponsored by or partnered with a water company. The announcement comes as the regulator confirms the next round of the competition will begin in the autumn and that it intends to extend the series until 2030.
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Six of the nine water and sewerage companies in England have seen their star rating reduced in the Environment Agency's latest annual Environmental Performance Assessment (EPA) for 2021, with two companies – Southern and South West – receiving just one. However, three companies – Northumbrian, Severn Trent and United Utilities – retained their top four-star rating.
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United Utilities has agreed to sell its renewable energy business to SDCL Energy Efficiency Income Trust for approximately £100 million. The company announced its intention to sell off United Utilities Renewable Energy (UURE) in May last year, at which point it was valued at £65.5 million. UURE comprises 69 MW of renewable generation assets including solar, wind and hydro across 70 sites that UU has developed since 2014.
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CCW has reported on progress made in the 12 months since it published its affordability review and made a renewed call upon UK and Welsh governments to take necessary steps to implement a single social tariff ahead of the next price review period. It praised efforts made by the sector to make support more accessible but highlighted the pressures the cost of living crisis is putting on household finances.
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Speaking ahead of the second reading of the Water Bill, due to take place this afternoon, Labour has called on the government to “strengthen the powers” of Ofwat, the industry regulator.
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The customer engagement lessons water companies have learned through PR14 will be applied to business-as-usual and future price reviews. By Liz Allen and Ewan King.
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Removing phosphorus from wastewater has always been a difficult job for water companies, but it’s about to get harder with tighter consents levels, say Julie Jeavons, Ian Cranshaw and Ajay Nair.
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The cost of living debate has emphasised the need for water firms to get value for their customers’ money, says Tony Ballance.
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Uncertainty has not deterred M&A activity in the water sector, says Steven Bryan.
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It would be wrong to tar water companies with the same brush as energy suppliers – the sector’s track record since privatisation has been one of modest price rises and huge investment.
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Dee Valley Water’s pretax profits have fallen by 9 per cent as a result of higher operating expenses during the six months to 30 September 2013.
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