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unstar this property answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available. With the exception of the Hull area, where KCom is the only significant provider, the broadband market is defined according to the level of competition across the UK as whole. Ofcom carries out a rolling programme of market reviews of competition in communications markets to ensure that regulation remains appropriate and proportionate in the light of changing market conditions. The market definition and market analysis procedure that Ofcom is required to follow is set out in the EU regulatory framework for communications.</p><p> </p><p>In June of this year, on completion of its latest Wholesale Broadband Access (WBA) market review, Ofcom reduced the number of market areas from 4 to 3 to better reflect developments in the market since the last review was undertaken in 2010. Details of the market areas, the number of exchanges in each area and the percentage of premises served are:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Area</p></td><td><p>No of exchanges</p></td><td><p>% of UK premises served</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>The Hull area</p></td><td><p>14</p></td><td><p>0.7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Market A</p></td><td><p>3196</p></td><td><p>9.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Market B</p></td><td><p>2390</p></td><td><p>89.8%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Market A is defined as an area as where there are no more than two principal operators present or forecast to be present, and market B as an area where there is effective competition. Market A tends to be in the more rural and remote parts of the country. Details of the exchanges in each area are available in the Ofcom WBA statement published on 26 June - <a href="http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/review-wba-markets/statement/" target="_blank">http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/review-wba-markets/statement/</a></p><p> </p><p> </p>
100125
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unstar this property answer text <p>The information requested is not readily available. With the exception of the Hull area, where KCom is the only significant provider, the broadband market is defined according to the level of competition across the UK as whole. Ofcom carries out a rolling programme of market reviews of competition in communications markets to ensure that regulation remains appropriate and proportionate in the light of changing market conditions. The market definition and market analysis procedure that Ofcom is required to follow is set out in the EU regulatory framework for communications.</p><p> </p><p>In June of this year, on completion of its latest Wholesale Broadband Access (WBA) market review, Ofcom reduced the number of market areas from 4 to 3 to better reflect developments in the market since the last review was undertaken in 2010. Details of the market areas, the number of exchanges in each area and the percentage of premises served are:</p><p> </p><table><tbody><tr><td><p>Area</p></td><td><p>No of exchanges</p></td><td><p>% of UK premises served</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>The Hull area</p></td><td><p>14</p></td><td><p>0.7%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Market A</p></td><td><p>3196</p></td><td><p>9.5%</p></td></tr><tr><td><p>Market B</p></td><td><p>2390</p></td><td><p>89.8%</p></td></tr></tbody></table><p> </p><p>Market A is defined as an area as where there are no more than two principal operators present or forecast to be present, and market B as an area where there is effective competition. Market A tends to be in the more rural and remote parts of the country. Details of the exchanges in each area are available in the Ofcom WBA statement published on 26 June - <a href="http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/review-wba-markets/statement/" target="_blank">http://stakeholders.ofcom.org.uk/consultations/review-wba-markets/statement/</a></p><p> </p><p> </p>
100151
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unstar this property answer text <p>We have not made such a calculation.</p><p> </p> more like this
100152
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Hinkley Point C strike price in 2012 prices is £89.50/MWh indexed to the Consumer Price Index. This price benefits from upfront reduction of £3/MWh built in on assumption that EdF will be able to share first of a kind costs of EPR reactors across Hinkley Point C and Sizewell C sites. If the final investment decision is not taken on Sizewell C, the Strike Price for Hinkley Point C will be £92.50/MWh in 2012 prices. The Department has not restated the strike price in October 2014 prices.</p> more like this
100153
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unstar this property answer text <p>We have not made an estimate of the overall cost to the consumer in 2014 prices as the CPI index for the full year is not yet available.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The Department does not make its own estimates of wholesale prices for electricity. We typically source market data from sources such as from Marex Spectron.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The larger energy suppliers have provided yearly smart and advanced meter installation forecasts to DECC, which were published in the ‘Second Annual Report on the Roll-out of Smart Meters’ in December 2013:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/second-annual-progress-report-on-the-roll-out-of-smart-meters" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/second-annual-progress-report-on-the-roll-out-of-smart-meters</a></p><p>These figures will be updated in the next annual report based on the most recent projections by suppliers. It should be noted that these figures do not include any of the smaller suppliers’ estimates, nor take into account any growth in customer numbers.</p><p>DECC does not project bill impacts on a quarter by quarter basis and DECC’s latest prices and bills report from March 2013 contained projected bill impacts from smart metering for 2013, 2020 and 2030:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/172923/130326_-_Price_and_Bill_Impacts_Report_Final.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/172923/130326_-_Price_and_Bill_Impacts_Report_Final.pdf</a> .</p><p>The smart meter Impact Assessment published in January 2014, estimates that even at their peak in 2015 the costs to the average consumer will be £6, or less than 0.5% of the average bill:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smart-meter-roll-out-for-the-domestic-and-small-and-medium-non-domestic-sectors-gb-impact-assessment" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/smart-meter-roll-out-for-the-domestic-and-small-and-medium-non-domestic-sectors-gb-impact-assessment</a></p><p>Taking into account all costs and savings, by 2017 the average consumer will start saving money, leading to an annual net saving of £26 in 2020, increasing to £43 a year in 2030 in comparison to a situation without smart meters.</p>
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unstar this property answer text <p>No assessment to date has been made on the total cost to DECC of administering the 14<sup>th</sup> licensing round. The consideration of applications made in the licensing round is yet to take place and the number of applications relevant staff will need to consider will not be known until the passing of the application deadline on the 28th October 2014.</p><p>Up to four members of staff have had substantial involvement in preparations for the round to date, and up to six more may be involved in the assessment of applications once received and in the issue of licences in accordance with Ministers’ decisions. In addition, the Department is conducting environmental assessments related to the round, with assistance from external consultants.</p> more like this
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unstar this property answer text <p>The projected allocation from the levy control framework for feed in tariffs, the renewables obligation and projects agreed under the final investment decision-enabling process in financial years from 2015/16 to 2020/21 <del class="ministerial">will be</del> <ins class="ministerial">is expected to be</ins> published in an annex (‘DECC’s Consumer Funded Policies – a report to Parliament’) to the Annual Energy Statement.</p><p>Publication of the Annual Energy Statement is expected in Autumn 2014.</p><p> </p><p> </p><p> </p> more like this
100158
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unstar this property answer text <p>Ofgem regulates network expenditure through the price control processes, which set out how much the network companies can spend and what can be passed through to consumers over an eight-year period. Network costs are charged to network users on a cost reflective basis to ensure that the networks are built, maintained and operated in an economically efficient way.</p><p>DECC publishes average bill impacts. In March 2013, the Government published estimates of the impact of energy and climate change policies on energy prices and bills for 2013, 2020 and 2030:</p><p><a href="https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/172923/130326_-_Price_and_Bill_Impacts_Report_Final.pdf" target="_blank">https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/172923/130326_-_Price_and_Bill_Impacts_Report_Final.pdf</a>.</p> more like this