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Energy and Water: The Dangers Ahead

  • Published 3rd Sep 2001
  • Authors: Peter Kenway, , Steven Fuller, , Guy Palmer,
  • Category: Services

This project arose out of conversations with the Public Utility Reform Group (PURGe) around the time of the General Election regarding future issues facing the utilities.The central question that this paper discusses is whether the institutions that govern utilities industries are by themselves sufficient to address the key issues of the future. These issues are of two types: 

  • Potential problems which, if they were to emerge, might not be containable within the legal and regulatory framework but would instead need politicians to become directly involved.
  • Potential gaps between the government’s public policy objectives for the industry and the institutions currently responsible for achieving them.

About this report
This project arose out of conversations with the Public Utility Reform Group (PURGe) around the time of the General Election regarding future issues facing the utilities. The project would not have been possible without PURGe’s full support. The report was written by Peter Kenway, Steven fuller and Guy Palmer. The views expressed here should not be attributed to anyone but the authors and the New Policy Institute.