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Guernsey's utility regulator could lose some power

Guernsey's utility regulator will lose some of its power, if the States pass a move put forward by 16 deputies.

The deputies have called for the States to have more control over how much competition there should be in both the postal and electricity markets.

Deputy Dave Jones, who is leading the move, said the decision to open the postal market to greater competition had caused a lot of concern.

He wants the States to have the final word on introducing rival companies.

He said he feared the work of the regulator could threaten the sustainability of both companies.

Essential services

The Office of Utility Regulation (OUR) is the regulatory agency for the three utility sectors of telecommunications, post and electricity in Guernsey.

It is responsible for ensuring utilities are offering the best value for money for consumers, and sets price tariffs and makes recommendations about how the businesses should be run.

The OUR said it welcomed the opportunity for a further debate on how utility services in Guernsey were provided.

Director general John Curran said: "All three utility sectors provide essential services to the entire Guernsey economy.

"Ensuring these services are provided at the level and quality that is needed, at an affordable price, is vital.

"An informed debate, based on facts, on how this is achieved is sure to be of value."

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