Ofwat launches review after Beast from the East disrupts water supplies

The regulator will examine if water companies planned ahead sufficiently in the run up to the recent severe weather conditions

Driverless car crash – who’s responsible?

The three-year review will examine legal obstacles to the widespread introduction of self-driving vehicles before being rolled out in the UK

Ofgem reviews £268m National Grid allowance

Ofgem has announced a review into the £268.3 million allowance for National Grid’s gas transmission subsidiary. The allowance, which runs from 2013 to 2021, is for providing capacity at the Fleetwood entry point to the national high pressure gas pipeline in Lancashire. National Grid Gas Transmission (NGGT) is required by its licence to offer 650GWh/day […]

Ofgem reviews National Grid’s price controls

A review into National Grid’s price controls for electricity and gas transmission has been launched. The mid-period review into the 2013 to 2021 price controls will be limited to National Grid Electricity Transmission and Gas Transmission. Ofgem initially set the price controls – called RIIO or Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs – for […]

Former energy minister to lead tidal lagoon review

A group that will assess the feasibility of tidal lagoons in the UK will be led by former Energy Minister Charles Hendry. He will be supported by a team of seconded civil servants for the Independent Review of Tidal Lagoons. It follows an announcement of the review earlier this year. Mr Hendry was part of […]

UK Government to review tidal lagoon energy

An independent review into the feasibility and practicality of tidal lagoon energy in the UK has been announced. It will start this spring and help establish an evidence base to ensure all decisions “are in the best interest of the UK” and developed in the most cost-effective way, DECC stated. The review will also look […]

Ofgem reviews ‘forced installation’ of prepayment meters

The number of “forcibly installed” prepayment meters (PPMs) has risen in the last few years, according to Ofgem. They were highest in 2013 when more than 111,000 PPMs were installed – 55,243 electricity meters and 55,898 gas meters, a spokesperson told ELN. Energy suppliers can get a warrant to install PPMs if customers fail to […]

Ed Davey calls for urgent North Sea oil review

The UK Government is calling for an urgent review of the North Sea oil and gas industry to identify key risks to production. It comes in response to the collapse in global oil prices, which have led to BP and other companies to cut hundreds of jobs. The energy giant’s UK arm recently announced it […]

Ofgem and OFT to conduct energy market competition review

A review into the energy market to see how well competition in the gas and electricity sectors are serving the interests of householders and small businesses has been launched. Regulator Ofgem, the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) and the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA), a non-Ministerial government department, have published a framework which will be […]

Major businesses call on Government to back carbon targets

An alliance of more than 100 organisations including businesses, trade groups, investors and NGOs, have urged the UK Government to follow the advice of the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and stick to its carbon reduction targets. Firms including SSE, Kingfisher, DONG Energy, WWF and the Renewable Energy Association (REA) published a joint statement in […]