Strategies for water and renewables

Market Insights on Water

US and China; a zero sum water challenge?

5th February 2015, 10:19

An article I penned a few years back talked about water scarcity and pollution being a constraint on Chinese economic gowth and even political stability. While nothing's happened since then to alter that view, one looming event in the west has made me think that China may not be alone in facing this threat, and that water stresses in any country can have implications way beyond its frontiers.

Moving the Goalposts

4th November 2014, 11:03

So, as previous articles have suggested, there may be little interest among  C&I customers in taking advantage of an open water market, and incumbent WaSCs have two years to implement an effective defence strategy. If it all turns out to be a non-event  (except possibly in the South East), how might the Government and OFWAT react?

Social Tariffs

17th September 2014, 13:22

Affordability and cost recovery have long been the key issues around investment in water and waste water infrastructure in the developing world.  However, a perfect storm of ageing networks, bad debt, climate change and rising demand are bringing them to the fore now on the agendas of Governments and utilities.  "Social Tariffs" are moving away from being a detail of CSR policies or managing grumpy local MP's to being a major feature of utility balance sheet management.

UK Retail Competition (I)

16th September 2014, 16:51

Probably the most noteworthy element of the otherwise underwhelming Water Act, which received Royal Assent earlier this year, is the advent of full competition in the English Commercial and Industrial retail market. From April 2017, the 5 megalitre threshold at which customers can apply for a competitive supply will be lifted in England. Our view, however, is that this will ultimately prove to be as disappointing as other parts of the Act...

Value for Money

24th July 2012, 12:23

A recent survey by the Consumer Council for Water (CCW) revealed that amongst the England and Wales water companies, just 35% of South West Water (SWW) customers felt they received value for money - the lowest score recorded. But perhaps the result tells us more about perceptions of value in the water industry than it does about the shortcomings of SWW.