Contestability in Connections
The Utility Regulator has a statutory duty to promote competition, where appropriate, in the generation, transmission, distribution and supply of electricity. Our Forward Work Program 2014-15 has identified the introduction of contestability in the electricity connections market as an area where competition can be established. This will allow choice in who carries out the work associated with connecting to the electricity network in Northern Ireland.
The Utility Regulator will consult on the introduction of competition for electricity connections, with the aim of implementation in Northern Ireland in 2015.
An initial contestability workshop was held in October 2014 with stakeholders. The slides used for this event are available below.
The Contestability Working Group convened in January 2015 and will meet every month to consider the issues surrounding the introduction of competition. A copy of the terms of reference for the group is available using the link below:
To provide transparency to all stakeholders, the minutes of the meetings will be published. We will also publish any presentations from our workshops and stakeholder engagement events.
Meeting minutes and other documents by date:
17 May 2016 – ICP Workshop Invitation
On 30 June 2016, SONI issued a consultation on the charging methodology for electricity transmission connections .
Minutes not yet approved.
Final Decision Paper
Next Steps Paper
29/10/14 - Initial workshop
UR call for evidence
Responses to our call for evidence: