10 posts categorised "Stuart Cook"

19 July 2017

PwC indepth analysis on 'raising the bar' - Ofwat PR19 Draft Methodology

The water industry has now had an opportunity to consider Ofwat’s draft methodology for the next water industry price review (PR19). While the ask of water and sewerage firms is clearer, many companies will find it a much more challenging price control process than before - even Ofwat has acknowledged...

03 July 2017

Is the energy industry ready for Brexit?

By Stuart Cook, head of Utility Strategy & Regulation and Volker Beckers, PwC advisory board member for Energy The Brexit negotiations have begun. Although the discussions have got off to a “promising start”, both sides recognise the complexity of the work ahead. To date, the focus of attention has been...

28 June 2016

How will the decision to leave the EU impact the electricity and gas industry?

By Stuart Cook & Volker Beckers In the third of a series of blogs, Volker Beckers and Stuart Cook consider how the decision to leave the EU might impact the electricity and gas industry. In recent years, UK energy policy has been framed in the context of the energy “trilemma”...

27 June 2016

The Energy Market Investigation – no substantive change

By Stuart Cook & Volker Beckers Click here to download our full analysis of the CMA's final report from the Energy Market Investigation. The CMA has today published its final report from the Energy Market Investigation. This marks the final stage in the Investigation, which was launched by Ofgem two...

10 March 2016

The Energy Market Investigation – protecting customers and removing barriers

By Stuart Cook Click the link to download our full analysis looking at each of the CMA’s provisional decisions to help guide industry participants on where they should be focusing their time and analytical effort: Download PwC CMA provisional remedies -_further analysis The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) published its...

04 March 2016

How might Brexit impact on the electricity and gas industry?

By Volker Beckers & Stuart Cook In the first in a series of blogs, Volker Beckers and Stuart Cook consider how Brexit might impact the electricity and gas industry. In recent years, UK energy policy has been framed in the context of the energy trilemma – the sometimes conflicting objectives...

10 July 2015

Further analysis of the CMA Energy Market Investigation - Provisional Findings

By Stuart Cook The attached report analyses the CMA’s proposed remedies following the publication of its provisional findings on 7 July 2015, to help guide industry participants on where they should be focusing their remaining time, analytical effort and influence. Download PwC_Provisonal findings_Further analysis_Final This follows the blog published earlier...

07 July 2015

The CMA Energy Market Investigation - Provisional Findings: back to markets, greater transparency and more agility

By Stuart Cook The CMA published its long-awaited provisional findings from the ongoing energy market investigation on 7 July 2015. The findings build on the Updated Issues Statement which the CMA published in February 2015. As expected, the CMA has not found evidence of collusion between the six largest energy...

15 June 2015

Lessons from the past, where the CMA’s energy market investigation might go?

The ongoing investigation by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) into the energy market is approaching a critical stage. Later this month, the CMA will publish its provisional findings and possible remedies. In anticipation of this, we look back to past competition enquires to see what they reveal about the...

20 February 2015

Competition and Markets Authority Issue Statement points to radical change

By Stuart Cook The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has been investigating the energy industry since June 2014. It will complete its work by the end of this year. The CMA published an updated Issue Statement on 18 February 2015. This statement summarises the CMA’s current thinking on the evidence...