About the workshop
This workshop concentrates on the regulation of essential public services in the energy, communications, transport, water supply and sewerage sectors. The key objectives are to:
• Provide an overview of the key aspects of effective government regulation, with an emphasis on lessons learnt, good practice and developing a better regulation agenda
• Ensure that you gain a good understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of utility regulation, its key features and its terminology
• Consider how governments ensure that regulatory regimes deliver both enhanced competition while protecting people and their environment
• Explore the impact of the digital agenda on utilities, including the smart meter initiative for energy supply.
What the workshop will cover
The workshop will cover both principles and practices of regulation, especially of UK utility and network services in the energy, communications, transport, water supply and sewerage industries.
• You will be briefed about regulatory regimes in the UK and elsewhere
• We will explore the changes which the UK has made in order to free competitive markets from unnecessary or inefficient regulation
• Examine regulatory alignment across borders. This has been highlighted both during COVID-19 and during the UK’s talks with the EU about leaving the Single Market
• Explore the role of post-implementation reviews, for example for emergency regulations made during COVID-19 to deal with urgent issues
• You will meet practitioners in government, regulatory bodies and industry. You will be able to discuss the rationale for, and effects of, the UK’s journey from state ownership to effective regulation since the early 1980s.
How participants will benefit
The workshop will:
• Provide you with a broad overview of regulatory options and best practice
• Examine the better regulation agenda, risk-based approaches
• Develop a critical and exploratory dialogue on key regulatory options
• Introduce you to key practitioners in regulatory offices, regulated industries, government departments and consumer protection organisations
• Familiarise you with the UK and European Union framework within which the regulated industries and services operate. Consider the implications as the UK exits EU systems and replaces them with national alternatives
• Provide an up-to-date view of the current models of ownership and regulation in the UK and elsewhere, ranging from full privatisation to retained public ownership
• Examine the latest initiatives in the UK water sector to ensure compliance with consumer and environmental needs
• Examine the UK experience of harnessing the private sector to improve public services while safeguarding consumer’s’ interests and promoting agreed social and environmental objectives.