Consultation Submissions

Economic regulation is taking place in a changing enviroment. The need for utilities to deliver reliance against weather and other shocks, in the face of climate change both have an impact. In this consultation response, we ask how regulators can move to a far wider question about the role of data and we urge for greater engagement with current and future consumers.

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In our consultation submission, we argue that wholescale changes to the legislation that defines regulator's objectives is not needed. But there is an urgent need for re-examination of regulatory frameworks and capabilities in the face of machine learning/AI as well as regarding adaptation to climate change. Moreover, we think the right balance is not being struck between regulators' responsibilities and government's

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Heat networks are expected to play a crucial part in the decarbonisation of heating. This requires heat networks to be accepted by consumers, raising greater awareness, consistent high standards of provision and reasonable pricing. We also need additional protection for those that need it. Read why we think the proposed approach will fall short and cannot deliver alone.

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We welcome Ofgem's proposal to allow additional funding to National Gas Transmission to cut methane leakage from its network; this is an important way to tackle climate change as reflected in the Methane Pledge that the UK government signed at COP26. We urge Ofgem to build on this and set more ambitious methane reduction targets as it considers the next price control, RIIO-3.

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Enabled by the Energy Act 2013, we are hopeful that the Strategy and Policy Statement will be introduced in 2023 to provide broad strategic direction and a clear indication of government priorities, both to the energy regulator and the Future Systems Operator. Seeing government priorities transparently in this way is vital for stakeholders and creates a more robust legal framework.

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