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Workshop on Water Industry Restructuring and Competition

Thursday 10 February 2011
Aston University, Birmingham

Senior representatives from leading water companies and partner organisations from across the UK came together at Aston Business School for a one-day workshop hosted by ACCIS, the Aston Centre for Critical Infrastructure and Services.  

The workshop focused on the current debate about the restructuring and regulatory reform of the water sector in England and Wales.  More than 80 delegates heard presentations of recent research from ACCIS, Oxera and CCRP, as well as presentations from regulators and industry, including the Environment Agency and Ofwat.  See speakers and presentations.

Water organisations represented at the event included: Albion Water, Anglian Water, Atkins Water, Bristol Water, Consumer Council for Water, Defra, Welsh Water, Environment Agency, Northumbrian Water, Ofwat, Portsmouth Water, Severn Trent Water, South East Water, South Staffordshire Water, South West Water, Sutton & East Surrey Water, Thames Water, United Utilities, Veolia Water, Water Industry Commission for Scotland, Water UK and Wessex Water. In addition, several universities were also represented, including City University, University College London, University of Birmingham, University of East Anglia and London School of Economics.

The morning began with a welcome address from David Saal, Deputy Director of ACCIS, and sessions focused on the costs and benefits of introducing competition and vertical separation in the water industry.  The afternoon sessions gave an industry perspective on these issues and also focused on water trading and sustainable resource management.  These sessions highlighted industry's perspectives on these issues as well as the benefits. For example Mike King from Bristol Water talked about ‘The Potential impact of vertical separation on smart metering, water quality, and water resource management’. Jon Ashley detailed Ofwtat's current thinking on developing wholesale markets in water and Tony Ballance of Severn Trent Water gave a presentation on 'Economies of scope and the value chain: a Company’s perspective.' which reinforced the finding of ACCIS's research on vertical integration economies in the water industry.

The final part of the day saw a round-table discussion which was chaired by Richard Green of Birmingham University. This was followed by an informal dinner.

ACCIS is grateful to ICS Consulting for supporting the event.

See workshop report in Utility Week 9 March 2011

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Speakers and Presentations

Alan Horncastle, Oxera
Presentation delivered by Frank Grimshaw, Severn Trent Water
Competition in the Water Sector: A Review of the Cost-Benefit Analysis Knowledge Base 

David Saal, ACCIS
Vertical and Horizontal Integration Economies in English and Welsh WoCs and WaSCs and its Implications for Introducing Competition
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Jon Stern, CCRP
Systems Operators: Lessons from US and EU Energy Industry Experience and Implications for the England and Wales Water Industry
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Chris Bolt
Introducing the Concept of the System Operator in the Water Sector: Lessons from the Gas and Rail Sectors in the UK

Tim Young, ICS Consulting
The Practicalities of Vertical Separation: Lessons from the Unbundling of the Electricity Industry
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Jerry Bryan, Albion Water
The Hidden Opportunities: An Entrant's Perspective
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Mike King, Bristol Water

The Potential Impact of Vertical Separation on Smart Metering, Water Quality, and Water Resource Management
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Tony Ballance, Severn Trent Water
Economies of Scope and the Value Chain: A Company's Perspective
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Ronan Palmer, Environment Agency
A Review of the Options for Water Resource Management
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Ceri Jones, Northumbrian Water
Trading Theory for Practice: an Empirical Study of Water Trading Opportunities in East Anglia

Martin Silcock, Anglian Water
Towards Sustainable Water Allocation
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Jon Ashley, Ofwat
Wholesale Markets in Water
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