Delivered as part of ‘The discovery, assessment and use of evidence in regulatory and competition law decision making’, Annual Competition and Regulation Conference 2018
Regulation and public interest outcomes in energy and water: moving beyond compliance and towards a ‘Sustainable Licence to Operate’ for a disrupted world
Delivered as part of ‘Regulation and public interest ourcomes in energy and water: moving beyond compliance and towards a sustainable ‘licence to operate’ for a disrupted world”, Hertford Seminar in Regulation 2018
The Australian state of Victoria will be implementing a new water pricing framework for the
next regulatory price review in 2018. The framework will apply to 16 of the State’s urban
water businesses and Southern Rural Water.
In May 2016, the Essential Services Commission (ESC), Victoria’s economic regulator,
released a position paper setting out a proposed, new pricing approach and invited
submissions on its proposal.3 Based on feedback received through this consultation process,
the ESC released a final report in October 2016 that sets out the water pricing framework and
approach that is to be implemented from 2018.4
Delivered as part of ‘Issues in market and regulatory governance’, Annual Westminster Conference 2016
Privatisation and untoward consequences in water services: the regulator’s role
Utilities were privatised:-
to enable them to finance investment outside public expenditure controls,
to improve choice for customers through greater competition, and
to harness private enterprise to increase efficiency through incentive regulation.
A regulator (Ofwat) was appointed, independent of Ministers, with statutory duties to secure
that regulated companies carry out their legal duties, and can finance them, and to protect
customers from abuse of monopoly power.
The story of a business leader learning to be a regulator and a regulator learning to redefine regulation
Delivered as part of ‘Symposium’, Annual Competition and Regulation Conference 2015
The Customer Forum was set up in September 2011 with three aims: to work with Scottish Water on a programme of customer research; in the light of this to understand and represent customer priorities to Scottish Water and to the Water Industry Commission for Scotland (WICS); and to seek to secure the most appropriate outcome for customers in the Strategic Review of Charges. In October 2012 the Forum was additionally asked to seek to agree a Business Plan with Scottish Water, consistent with Ministerial Objectives and with guidance notes that WICS would provide.
Article based on the text of the Beesley lecture series XIX delivered by Martin Cave in October 2009