Approach to GT22 price control consultation

Published: 21 December 2020

Consultation opened on 21 December 2020. Consultation closed 15 February 2021.

Summary

The purpose of this paper is to consult on the approach the Utility Regulator proposes to take in its price control review of the gas transmission network in Northern Ireland for the period October 2022 – September 2027.

Today we are publishing our proposed approach to the next price control for gas transmission system operators in Northern Ireland for consultation. The GT22 price control period is due to run from 1 October 2022 until 30 September 2027.

Our proposed approach is a further development to that adopted for the previous gas transmission price control, GT17.

Proposed changes include a review of the mechanism for remuneration of the costs of operation of the GMO NI (which was established at the start of the GT17 period), consideration of a materiality threshold applicable to re-openers for the Mutual Energy Limited group of companies and the introduction of a business plan assessment process.

We note that a new Energy Strategy by the Department for the Economy may impact on what is required of TSOs in meeting the challenge of an energy transition for Northern Ireland. We anticipate that this will require additional flexibility in our approach and the need to keep arrangements under regular review throughout the duration of the price control.

We welcome responses to this consultation by 15 February 2021.

Our preference would be for any written responses to be submitted by email. We will duly consider all representations received on or before the closing date. Please note we are unable to consider any representations received after this date.

Copies of the documents will be made available in large print, Braille, audio cassette and a variety of relevant minority languages if required.

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