Contestability Working Group

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:

Contestability Working Group terms of reference

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:

3/6/16

Update note on contestability in connections

17 May 2016 – ICP Workshop Invitation

ICP Workshop Invitation

On 30 June 2016, SONI issued a consultation on the charging methodology for electricity transmission connections .

19/04/16
Minutes not yet approved.

25/3/16
Contestability guidelines cover note
Contestability guidelines
Contestability guidelines consultation report

26/01/16
Minutes
UR presentation
NIE Networks / SONI joint presentation

09/09/15
Minutes
Presentation

04/08/15
Minutes

31/07/15
Final Decision Paper

30/06/15
Minutes

02/06/15
Minutes

12/05/15
Minutes

11/05/15
Next Steps Paper

05/03/15
Minutes

12/02/15
Minutes

28/01/15
Minutes

16/01/15
Minutes

02/12/14
UR consultation on contestability

Consultation responses:
ABO Wind NI Ltd  
CCNI
Energia
NIRIG
NIE Ltd
PowerCon (UK) Ltd
RES Ltd
Simple Power
SONI Ltd
SSE
Telestructure International Ltd
UFU
Windyfields

29/10/14 - Initial workshop
UR presentation
NIE presentation
SSE presentation
NIRIG presentation

09/09/14
UR call for evidence

Responses to our call for evidence:

1. ABO Wind NI Ltd - covering letter
  ABO Wind NI Ltd - questionnaire return

2. First Flight Wind

3. Lightsource Renewable Energy Limited

4. NIE - cover letter
    NIE - questionnaire return

5. Northern Ireland Renewables Industry Group (NIRIG)

6. PowerCon (UK) Ltd

7. RES

8. RBF Wind Energy Ltd

9. Simple Power

10. SONI Ltd

11. SSE Airtricity

12. Ulster Farmers Union

13. WindNI Limited