Review of the bioresources market

Following PR19 and our first ‘Bioresources Market Monitoring Report’ we launched our review of the bioresources market on 19 October 2020. The review is a more comprehensive look at the market and considers issues such as:

  • the scope for bioresources competition under the current market model
  • the current barriers to competition and the development of the market
  • different forms of competition and market models
  • the steps needed to achieve these market models and overcome any barriers.

The review will inform how we regulate in future, including our approach at PR24. In this page, we provide updates on this work.

In May 2021, we published a consultation setting out our draft findings from our review. The deadline for submissions to this consultation is 22 July 2021.

In June 2021, we published a consultation setting out our proposals for how the revenues and/or cost savings arising from energy generation within the bioresources control should be allocated across price controls going forwards. We also request stakeholders’ views on the need to issue guidance on the allocation of odour control costs. The closing date for consultation submissions is Monday 2 August 2021 at 5pm.

Stakeholder event: Bioresources energy review

This was a stakeholder event hosted by Jacobs on the 27th May 2021 with contribution from Ofwat. These were the slides presented.

Stakeholder event: Bioresources market development – Review of progress and findings to date

ADBA presentation – Bioresources market

We gave this presentation at the Anaerobic Digestion and Bioresources Association’s members meeting in April 2021.

Stakeholder event: Bioresources price control

This was a stakeholder event hosted by Ofwat on 9 April 2021. We have published the agenda and slides.

 

Stakeholder event: Bioresources information

This was a stakeholder event hosted by Ofwat on 25 February 2021. We have published the agenda and slides.

 

Stakeholder event: Bioresources market development – Review of progress and findings to date

This was a stakeholder event hosted by Jacobs on 15 January 2021 with an introduction by Ofwat and contribution from the EA. These were the slides.

 

Information request: Supplementary Bioresources market information

This was an information request commissioned by Ofwat on 17 December 2021. Sewerage companies were asked to fill out a set template. With water companies’ agreement we are publishing the non-confidential elements of their returns in the table below.

 

 Water company Data Supplementary commentary
Anglian Water Anglian Water data Anglian Water supplementary commentary
Dŵr Cymru Dŵr Cymru data Dŵr Cymru supplementary commentary
Hafren Dyfrdwy Hafren Dyfrdwy data Hafren Dyfrdwy supplementary commentary
Northumbrian Water Northumbrian Water data Northumbrian Water supplementary commentary
Severn Trent Water Severn Trent Water data Severn Trent Water supplementary commentary
South West Water South West Water data South West Water supplementary commentary
Southern Water Southern Water data n/a
Thames Water Thames Water data Thames Water supplementary commentary
United Utilities United Utilities data United Utilities supplementary commentary
Wessex Water Wessex Water data n/a
Yorkshire Water Yorkshire Water data Yorkshire Water supplementary commentary

 

Based on this data, we are publishing this Power BI report:

For any queries regarding this report, please contact [email protected]