Consultation published on approach to RP7, NIE Network’s next price control


Consultation opened on . Closing date at 17:00.


We are seeking views on our proposed approach and strategy for RP7, NIE Network’s next price control.

The Utility Regulator publishes a consultation paper setting out our initial views on the high-level approach to our seventh price control for NIE Networks, referred to as RP7.

Our approach is the first key stage in our price control review for NIE Networks, which will begin on 1 April 2024.

We are seeking views on our proposed approach and strategy which we will follow throughout the process and have identified issues that we plan to consider.

The consultation document on our approach has been left open with no specific questions posed. Instead we invite stakeholders to express their view on any particular aspect of our proposed approach.

Our preference is that responses are submitted by e-mail to copied to

Consultation response information: 

  • Your response may be made public by the Utility Regulator. If you do not want all or part of your response or name made public, please state this clearly in the response by marking your response as ‘CONFIDENTIAL’.
  • If you want other information that you provide to be treated as confidential, please be aware that, under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, there is a statutory Code of Practice with which public authorities must comply and which deals, amongst other things, with obligations of confidence. In view of this, it would be helpful if you could explain to us why you regard the information you have provided as confidential.
  • Information provided in response to this consultation, including personal information, may be subject to publication or disclosure in accordance with the access to information regimes (these are primarily the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and the Data Protection Act 2018.
  • As stated in the GDPR  Privacy Statement for consumers and stakeholders, any personal data contained within your response will be deleted once the matter being consulted on has been concluded though the substance of the response may be retained.


Further update on consultation response deadline: 

In light of a request from a consultee for the deadline for responses to be extended, we have decided to revise the deadline for receipt of responses to on or before 5pm on 18 May 2022.