Energy regulator changes its name to reflect expanded role

Rebrand comes as remit widened to include water as well as gas and electricity regulation

The Energy regulator has undergone a name change to reflect is broadened remit, which now also covers water.

The Commission for Energy Regulation (CER), which was originally established in 1999 to regulate the electricity sector, will now be known as the Commission for Regulation of Utilities (CRU).

The rebrand comes following its expanded role across the regulation of energy, energy safety and water.

The regulator will continue to ensure that electricity and gas are supplied safely and securely, that there is a supply of reliable, clean water and efficient treatment of wastewater, and that the prices that consumers pay for these are both fair and reasonable.

“Since its original creation in 1999, the CRU has seen significant changes in the sectors we regulate and we have continually evolved to keep pace with these developments,” said chairman Dr Paul McGowan.

“The driving principle for the CRU will continue to be the consumer and ensuring that the public interest is protected across energy, energy safety and water,” he added.