Policy & Regulation

Cave confirmed as Ofgem chair

Policy & Regulation

Cave confirmed as Ofgem chair

Martin Cave has been confirmed as the new chair of energy regulator Ofgem.

Dealing with uncertainty

Gas

Dealing with uncertainty

"The future has never been more uncertain than it is now." That's the view of Mark Brackley, National Grid's project director for RIIO2, who spoke to Network editor Alec Peachey about a range of subjects including regulation, infrastructure policy and the future energy system.

Ofgem’s RIIO2 price controls move a step closer

Gas

Ofgem’s RIIO2 price controls move a step closer

Ofgem has confirmed that the default length of the next price controls will be five years with the energy regulator's plans to deliver savings of over £5 billion to consumers moving a step closer.

CMA calls for regulation of heat networks

Gas

CMA calls for regulation of heat networks

The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has called for regulation of the heat network industry and says that Ofgem is best placed to be the regulator.

Cave selected as preferred candidate to be next Ofgem chairman

Gas

Cave selected as preferred candidate to be next Ofgem chairman

Professor Martin Cave is the preferred candidate to be the next chairman of Ofgem.

Putting customers at the heart of RIIO2

Gas

Putting customers at the heart of RIIO2

Continuing our series of exclusive contributions from Cadent, Richard Court - head of regulation and external affairs - tells Network why Ofgem's RIIO2 framework consultation is at a critical stage.

Keeping regulatory certainty

Power

Keeping regulatory certainty

David Smith, chief executive of the Energy Networks Association (ENA), looks at how the cancellation of Ofgem's mid-period review could impact the energy networks.

Utility Week Live: Call for multi-utility regulator

Policy & Regulation

Utility Week Live: Call for multi-utility regulator

The creation of a multi-utility regulator and network regime would help improve collaboration across sectors, lower costs and simplify the industry for consumers. That's the view of Laura Sandys, CEO of Challenging Ideas, who spoke at this week's Utility Week Live during a discussion on the next round of RIIO price controls.

Utility Week Live: Brearley provides update on RIIO2

Gas

Utility Week Live: Brearley provides update on RIIO2

Jonathan Brearley, senior partner networks at Ofgem, provided an update on its proposals for a new regulatory framework at Utility Week Live earlier this week.

Switch2 Energy welcomes proposed heat network regulation

Heat

Switch2 Energy welcomes proposed heat network regulation

Community and district heating specialist Switch2 Energy has welcomed proposals to regulate the heat network sector by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).

Ofgem decides against mid-period review for networks price control

Gas

Ofgem decides against mid-period review for networks price control

Ofgem has announced that it will not be launching a mid-period review (MPR) into the way the price control system for local electricity networks is working.

Utility Week Energy Summit

Gas

Utility Week Energy Summit

The UK's leading event for policymakers, investors, energy producers, distributors, retailers & wider stakeholders shaping the UK energy landscape

Utility Week Congress 2018

Power

Utility Week Congress 2018

The premier event for water, gas and electricity sector leaders offering strategic insight at the highest level.

Reshaping the energy landsdcape

Gas

Reshaping the energy landsdcape

Mark Brackley, National Grid's project RIIO2 director, reflects on the challenges for the RIIO2 regulatory period and how the industry can help shape National Grid's business plans.

More questions than answers

Gas

More questions than answers

Maxine Frerk, former senior partner networks at Ofgem and now director of Grid Edge Policy, gives her views on RIIO2.

Cutting the cost of the networks

Power

Cutting the cost of the networks

In an exclusive article from Ofgem, Akshay Kaul - partner, networks - talks about how the regulator is cutting the cost of the networks for customers by tendering major grid upgrades.

Making the case for heat network funding

Gas

Making the case for heat network funding

Ian Manders - UK energy policy advisor, Danish Embassy London, makes the case for appropriate consideration of social housing in UK government funding of efficient heat networks.

HSE’s ‘Future of Gas’ energy conference

Gas

HSE’s ‘Future of Gas’ energy conference

Dr Stuart Hawksworth, head of HSE's Centre for Energy Innovation, looks ahead to the organisation's inaugural 'Safety Excellence in Energy: The Future of Gas' conference.

Ofgem calls on gas networks to join rest of sector in making customer repayments

Gas

Ofgem calls on gas networks to join rest of sector in making customer repayments

Ofgem has urged Northern Gas Networks and West and Wales Utilities to follow the example of other gas network operators by making voluntary contributions to customers. 

Adapting to the new reality

Power

Adapting to the new reality

This summer's decision by Ofgem and the government to block DNOs from owning and operating storage was seen by some as a blow. Network looks at how they are finding ways to adapt and use existing assets to identify future business opportunities.

Smart power alliance chair outlines importance of collaboration

Heat

Smart power alliance chair outlines importance of collaboration

The chair of a new group that wants to accelerate the move to smart power systems says a collaborative approach will be key when it comes to engaging with government.

Green gases could heat up to 15 million homes by 2050

Gas

Green gases could heat up to 15 million homes by 2050

Renewable gases could provide heat for up to 15 million homes in Britain by 2050, according a new report commissioned by Cadent.

Fossil fuel heating in new builds to be phased out in 2020s

Gas

Fossil fuel heating in new builds to be phased out in 2020s

The government will phase out the installation of fossil fuel heating in new build homes off the gas grid during the 2020s as part of a new wide-ranging clean growth strategy, while rebooting efforts to encourage carbon capture and storage.

Ofgem ‘needs to build expertise’ to regulate networks effectively

Policy & Regulation

Ofgem ‘needs to build expertise’ to regulate networks effectively

Ofgem currently lacks the technical expertise needed to regulate networks effectively, a senior figure at Northern Gas Networks has warned.

Ofgem chairman warns networks to be ‘mindful’ of their legitimacy

Power

Ofgem chairman warns networks to be ‘mindful’ of their legitimacy

Ofgem's chairman David Gray has warned energy networks that they must be "mindful of the way they are perceived" after the publication of a report by Citizens Advice which claimed the companies are making £7.5 billion in unjustified profits.

Citizens Advice calls for automatic compensation for network customers

Gas

Citizens Advice calls for automatic compensation for network customers

Citizens Advice has called for customers to be automatically paid all compensation they are entitled to when energy networks fail to meet performance standards.

Storage to be classed as generation under Ofgem proposals

Policy & Regulation

Storage to be classed as generation under Ofgem proposals

Ofgem has confirmed plans to clarify the licensing regime for electricity storage by classifying it solely as a form of generation.  

Ofgem reopens ‘regulatory sandbox’

Policy & Regulation

Ofgem reopens ‘regulatory sandbox’

Ofgem has opened the second round of its 'regulatory sandbox' that allows businesses to test innovative products and services without facing the full gamut of energy market regulations.

REA demands charging strategy to accelerate shift to EVs

Power

REA demands charging strategy to accelerate shift to EVs

The government has been urged to develop a clear strategy for the development of charging infrastructure to accelerate the shift towards electric vehicles (EVs).

Worries over gas smart meter roll-out

Gas

Worries over gas smart meter roll-out

Concerns are raised about the safety and efficacy of the roll-out for gas smart meters.

David Smith: Turning up the network heat

Gas

David Smith: Turning up the network heat

ENA chief executive writes for Network on the project laying the foundations for smart grids in the UK