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The Industry’s Challenges Ahead
Regina Finn
3 April 2008
Ofwat: protecting consumers, promoting value and safeguarding the future
Overview
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Challenges for the water and sewerage sector
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Global and national challenges
Issues specific to the England and Wales Industry
Rising to the challenge
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What can the industry do to tackle these challenges?
What is Ofwat doing?
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Periodic Review 09
Development of Competitive Markets
Regulating effectively in consumers’ interests
Conclusion and questions
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Challenges to the sectors
Global challenges
• Global drivers are affecting water and waste
water around the world
– Climate Change
• Mitigation
• Adaptation
– Population growth, or movement
– Increasing demand for water
– Changing weather patterns
– Environmental improvements
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National Challenges
• Mitigating climate change by reducing
greenhouse gasses
• Adapting to climate change in water
management
• Planning for volatile weather – droughts,
floods
• Meeting ever higher environmental standards
• Financing significant investment programmes
• Facing social pressures and affordability
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Industry Challenges in England and Wales
• Droughts, then floods:
– How has the industry handled these?
• Water bills:
– Affordability and above inflation increases?
• Reputation
– Misreporting of regulatory data
– Leakage
• Customer Perception?
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Regulatory Data: Reputational Issue
• Companies are responsible for their data but we will take
action where data is inadequate or performance is poor
Company
Fine
Reason
Date
United Utilities
£8.5 m
Breaching rules
governing trading
arrangements with
associate
companies
June 07
Southern
£20.3 m
Deliberately
misreporting
information and
delivering poor
service to customers
Feb 08
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Leakage
Total leakage 1994-95 to 2004-05 (Ml/d)
5500
5112
4980
5000
4505
4500
3989
4000
3551
3649
3608
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
3414
3500
Total Leakage
3605
3306
3243
3000
2500
2000
1994-95
1995-96
1996-97
1997-98
1998-99
1999-2000
2000-01
2001-02
Year
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But its not all bad news…
• £70bn invested in water
sector since 1989
• Essential services
safeguarded
• Improved reliability and
quality of service
• Improved water quality safe, reliable drinking
water
• Reduced leakage
• Reduced risk of sewer
flooding
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Service improvements
25
DG2
20
DG3
DG5
DG5 1:10
DG5 1:20
DG6
15
% Failing
DG7
DG8
10
5
0
1990/95
1995-2000
2000-01
2001-02
time
2002-03
2003-04
2004-05
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Rising to the Challenge
What can the Industry do?
The sector has to address key sustainable
development challenges and continue to deliver
high quality, good value services to consumers
by:
• taking account of the needs and concerns of all consumers
by delivering high quality good value services
• innovating and finding new creative ways to deliver
• taking ownership of long term plans
• taking account of social, economic and environmental
impacts
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What is Ofwat doing?
• Protecting consumers;
• Promoting value; and
• Safeguarding the future
by
– delivering a professional, high quality, effective
Price Review for the monopoly sector in 2009;
– shaping and enabling the development of a
competitive water and waste water sector;
– creating “new” regulation that will deliver now
and in the future for consumers
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Price Review 2009 (PR09)
PR09
•
A price review with a clear focus
on best value for consumers and
the environment over the long term
– Strategic Direction Statements
•
A longer term view adding value to
the price review process by taking
account of:
– The development of competition
– New environmental and quality
requirements
– Climate change and carbon
reduction
– Affordability and customer bills
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PR09
Our price limits will
support and encourage a
sustainable water sector by:
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•
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Providing incentives for companies
to deliver efficiency, innovation and
give consumers value for money
Implementing a framework that will
deliver long-term planning that
balances local and global priorities,
and
Enabling the development of a
competitive market
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Development of Competitive Markets
Markets
• Ofwat has a duty to
promote competition
• We will introduce
competition
progressively in the
interests of consumers
• Competition has
delivered benefits
elsewhere and can
deliver benefits for water
consumers…
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The Benefits of Competitive Markets
Tackling future economic, social and
environmental challenges by:
• stimulating a dynamic retail sector
• driving innovation and dynamism in technology and
processes, thus
– reducing the potential impact of the sectors on the
environment
• improving efficiency and reduce costs of supply
• offering consumers greater transparency in what
they pay for.
• Offering consumers choice and empowering
customers.
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What is Ofwat doing?
• Inform Government
Review of competition
and innovation in the
sector
• Examining potential for
competition throughout
the value chain
• Spring Publication seeks
to:
– secure innovative entry,
efficient investment and
customer benefits;
– Protect water quality and
security
– Contribute to social and
environmental objectives
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Competition Key Principles
• Water has similarities with other network utilities
• Regulatory unbundling of the value chain is an
early step
• Structural unbundling of retail can be done quickly
• Mechanisms to be developed to secure innovation
in resources
• All customers should benefit from competition
• Separate cross-subsidies from the functioning of the
market
• Simple and transparent market models and access
pricing
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Regulating Effectively
Regulating Effectively
• Where competitive
markets are not yet
there to protect
consumers, we must
regulate effectively;
• We aim to regulate to
protect consumers,
promote value and
safeguard the future
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Regulating Effectively
• Reducing the regulatory burden by
developing approaches that rely on less
regulatory data from companies.
• But we will take action where data is
inadequate or performance is poor.
• Continue to regulate prices and service until
competition is strong enough to protect
consumers.
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Regulating Effectively
• Delivery of PR09 based on the well
understood methodology used so far
– Transparency,
– Stability
– Certainty
• Review the form of regulation for the future
– How will competition impact markets?
– Tools to regulate monopoly –v- contestable
markets?
– Taking account of the long term…
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Conclusion
• The sector has delivered
significant benefits for
water consumers
• To continue to deliver,
together we need to build
on the success of the past
and develop new tools to
tackle the challenges of
the future
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