Furlough of energy network staff during the COVID-19 pandemic

Over the last couple of weeks all of the energy network companies in Northern Ireland have implemented measures to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The focus of these measures have been aimed at complying with government guidelines and protecting the health and safety of both staff and customers. We are grateful for their commitment to maintaining services where possible and for their engagement with us.

In that context we understand that some network operators either have put, or are considering putting, some staff on furlough. We set out our position on this in a regulatory letter in terms of access to the scheme by the network companies, the associated regulatory implications and our expectations around record keeping and the provision of information that arise from uptake of the scheme by the companies.