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Utilities Act 2000

Gas and electricity regulation

  • legislation to underpin new electricity trading arrangements;

  • separate licensing of electricity supply and distribution, and the introduction of a bar on supply and distribution licences being held by the same legal person;

  • powers to adapt the licensing regime to changing market structures in future without additional primary legislation (by statutory instrument under affirmative resolution);

  • alignment where appropriate of the licensing and regulatory systems for gas and electricity (for example by introducing the concept of standard conditions for electricity licences);

  • new “collective” licence modification procedures enabling the Authority to modify standard licence conditions without a Competition Commission reference even if some utility companies disagree;

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