Next steps for England’s water market - investment, innovation, infrastructure and costs for end users

Date: 18th July 2019

Location: Central London

With Ofcom’s 2019 Price Review (PR19) setting expectations for the water industry to increase investment while ensuring affordable bills for consumers, delegates will consider how the wider aims of Water 2020 and protecting customers can be met while managing the trade-off between developing innovative technologies and keeping costs down for the end user.

Discussion will include the concerns highlighted by the National Audit Office report into protecting utility consumers, that found Ofwat often sets broad high-level aims such as high quality and good value services, but without measurable targets. Delegates will also examine potential concerns relating to water company business plans, with Ofwat’s initial assessment finding only three out of 17 water companies have sufficient plans to be designated ‘fast track’ firms.

8.30 - 9.00

Registration and coffee

 

 

9.00 - 9.05

Chair’s opening remarks

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group

 

 

9.05 - 9.15

The outlook for England’s water infrastructure needs

Manuela Di Mauro, Water Lead, National Infrastructure Commission

 

 

9.15 - 9.25

Securing funding for water infrastructure 

Michael Barlow, Partner, Burges Salmon  

 

 

9.25 - 9.35

Engineering a sustainable water system

Bryan Harvey, Vice President, Utilities, Europe, Jacobs

 

9.35 - 9.50

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

9.50 - 10.15

Priorities for regulators and monitoring progress

Rich Sullivan-Jones, Audit Manager, Regulation, Consumers & Competition, National Audit Office

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

10.15 - 10.20

Chair’s closing remarks

Baroness McIntosh of Pickering, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group

 

 

10.20 - 10.50

Coffee

 

 

10.50 - 10.55

Chair’s opening remarks

Angela Smith MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group

 

 

10.55 - 11.25

Examining the results of Ofwat’s draft determinations

David Black, Senior Director, Water 2020, Ofwat

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

11.25 - 12.25

Opportunities and challenges for the next price control period: competition, customer service and efficiency

 

 

Stefanie Voelz, Vice President, Senior Credit Officer, Infrastructure Finance, Moody’s Investors Service

 

 

 

John Reynolds, Chief Executive Officer, Castle Water  

 

 

 

Tony Smith, Chief Executive, Consumer Council for Water

 

 

 

Nicci Russell, Managing Director, Waterwise

 

 

 

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.25 - 12.55

Priorities for the water industry: investment, resilience and affordability

Steve Robertson, Chief Executive Officer, Thames Water

Questions and comments from the floor

 

 

12.55 - 13.00

Chair’s and Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum closing remarks

Angela Smith MP, Co-Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Water Group 

Michael Ryan, Deputy Editor, Westminster Energy, Environment & Transport Forum

 

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