Consultation published on revised Regulatory Instructions and Guidance for gas distribution network operators


Consultation opened on . Closing date at 17:00.


Proposed changes to the Regulatory Instructions and Guidance (RIGs) for the annual reporting for the gas distribution network operators (GDNs). This will detail:
• existing guidance;
• rationale for change; and
• the expected effect of change.

Today we publish for consultation our proposals regarding the revision of the annual reporting requirements for Northern Ireland’s gas distribution network operators (GDNs).

The consultation document sets out proposals for the Regulatory Instructions and Guidance (RIGs) for the annual reporting of gas GDNs costs and outputs.  It details the changes from the existing guidance, rationale for change and the expected effect.

Following consultation, we will review responses and take a decision regarding the annual reporting requirements for GD23 (the current price control for the gas distribution companies).

Accompanying the main consultation document are:

  • GD23 Annual Cost Reporting Guidance

  • GD23 Annual Cost Reporting Templates

    • Evolve version

    • Firmus Energy version

    • Phoenix Energy version

Responses are preferred by email to: and copied to

Additional information: 

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

  • 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.