Water 2020 working groups

Our vision for the water and wastewater services in England and Wales is one where customers and wider society have trust and confidence that their water and wastewater services are of a high-quality, provided in an environmentally sustainable way, are resilient and are affordable.

We have established working groups to engage with interested parties across the sector on a number of specific areas in order to help inform our thinking and gather evidence:

Members are expected to contribute to addressing the challenges that we face. While these are not decision-making bodies, their contributions will be essential in delivering the sector’s vision.

Membership is open and will remain open to all interested parties, who are willing to contribute their expertise. In addition to the regular members of the group, additional expertise may be invited to inform discussions.

Sludge technical working group

The primary role of this group is to engage on the design and implementation of sludge market mechanisms. Our terms of reference have further details of the group.

Each meeting centres around a particular theme, which allows member organisations to identify whether or not to attend, and who they should send.

Meeting date Topics
25 January 2016

Agenda

Meeting notes

Water 2020 December consultation sludge proposals
Sludge impact assessment
Terms of reference for the sludge working group
Introduction to the market platform.
2 March 2016

Agenda

Meeting notes

Defining the boundary between sewage treatment and sludge
Benefits, costs and barriers of the policy options

RCV allocation for the sludge control.
11 April 2016

Agenda

Meeting notes

Information platform: data requirements
Information platform: governance
Market interactions
15 June 2016

Agenda

Meeting notes

May Water 2020 document – sludge overview

The form of price control

Proposals for UKWIR projects

Asset valuation of sludge

Regulatory Accounting Guidelines (RAGs)

Environmental Regulations

20 July 2016

Meeting notes

Environmental regulation and any barriers it may cause to the developing sludge markets
8 September 2016

Agenda

Meeting notes

Form of price control (session 2)

Sludge database: market information

Presentation slides

20 October 2016

Agenda

Meeting notes

Non-regulated revenue: Charging and transfer pricing

Discuss the updated template for the physical market information database

Allocation of bioresources RCV

Presentation slides

30 January 2017

Agenda

Meeting notes

Market information – contracts

Environmental regulations update

Form of the price control

Feedback on sludge working group meetings

Presentation slides

For further information please email [email protected].

Bioresources form of control workshop

We held a workshop with the water and sewerage companies to discuss the form of the 2019 price control for bioresources.

Meeting date Topics
17 January 2017

Meeting notes

Workshop slides

Water resources working group

The primary role of the Ofwat water resources working group was to engage on the design and implementation of our decisions for water resources set out in ‘Water 2020: Our regulatory approach for water and wastewater services in England and Wales‘, which we published in May 2016. Its remit was to discuss the implementation of the main design features and to support their implementation into the 2019 price review methodology. It was not a decision-making body and was intended to be an open forum to enable constructive discussion. The terms of reference for the group has more details.

Each meeting considered a particular theme, which allowed member organisations to identify whether or not to attend, and who they should send.

There are currently no further meetings of the group planned. We will be consulting on our water resources proposals in the July 2017 methodology consultation and look forward to discussing them with stakeholders.

Meeting date Topics
28 June 2016

Meeting notes

Introduction, background and terms of reference

Water resources May document summary

Direct procurement for customers and its implications for water resources

The boundary for the water resources price control

Access pricing for bilateral markets in England

Forward planning, actions and agenda for next meeting

25 July 2016

Meeting notes

Market information platform –the story so far

Water 2020 –water resource planning and third party options –recap from last paper and observations on May W2020 paper

Competitive markets to tackle water scarcity

Thoughts on Ofwat 2020 –market information platform

Water resource information necessary to support an efficient market –an entrant’s view

Improving market information –Initial Ofwat thinking

Form of control

Access pricing –update from sub-group

Ofwat updates

Actions and agenda for next meeting

29 September 2016

Meeting notes

Cost assessment for water resources: introduction and discussion

Access pricing for bilateral markets in England – sub group update and discussion

Ofwat updates

Targeted incentives: The abstraction incentive mechanism

Targeted incentives: Water trading incentives

Regulatory accounts consultation: water resources boundary

Actions and agenda for next meeting

1 November 2016

Meeting notes

RCV allocation for water resources

Ofwat updates

Approach to water resources utilisation risk

Actions and agenda for next meeting

13 December 2016

Meeting notes

Access pricing for bilateral markets in England – a straw man for discussion

Market information and the bid assessment framework

Ofwat updates

Resilience discussion

For further information please email [email protected].

Water resources form of control workshop

We held a workshop with the water companies to discuss the form of the 2019 price control for water resources.

Meeting date Topics
 2 March 2017

Meeting notes

 

RCV allocation water resources

Water resources control capacity measure

The role of access prices in the form of control

In-period bilateral entry adjustment

 

New connection cost information working group

The primary role of this group is to consider what monitoring arrangements need to be put in place, to give confidence that the balance of infrastructure charges, revenues and associated network reinforcement costs is being broadly maintained.  Our terms of reference provide further details.

Meeting date Topics
25 November 2016

Agenda

Meeting notes

Slide pack – Terms of reference

Slide pack – Cost data straw man

18 January 2017

Agenda

Meeting notes

Slide pack – Cost data straw man

Slide pack – NAV/Small company reporting

2 March 2017

Agenda

Meeting notes

Slide pack – Cost data straw man

For further information please email [email protected]

Risk and Return workshop

Meeting date Topics
16 February 2017

Meeting notes

Workshop slides

Financeability

Taxation

Ofwat PR19 taxation – Deloitte