SONI Evaluative Performance Framework Annual Forward Plan 2022/2023 and invitation to stakeholder meeting

SONI is the electricity Transmission System Operator (TSO) for Northern Ireland. The Evaluative Performance Framework (EPF), which was introduced for the SONI 2020 to 2025 price control, allows for an evaluation of SONI’s performance.

As part of our EPF process we wish to invite stakeholders to a meeting to hear directly from SONI on its Forward Work Plan. It will also provide stakeholders with the opportunity to raise questions and provide feedback directly to SONI.

The EPF independent panel will also be in attendance to listen to stakeholders’ views. The panel is made up of five independent industry experts who will draw on evidence available and assess SONI on its performance in line with the EPF guidelines.

Following the stakeholder meeting, the panel will conduct their final assessment of SONI’s performance and a report will be published detailing the panel’s assessment and their recommendation to the Utility Regulator.

The Utility Regulator will make its Annual Forward Plan decision by the end of January 2023.

Invitation to stakeholder meeting

We will host an online stakeholder meeting with the EPF Panel[1] in attendance on:

Tuesday 15 November 2022, from 9.30am to 12.30pm. 

Please be advised the “open session” for stakeholders is expected to run for the first two hours. The last hour will be a closed session for SONI, the Independent Panel and the Utility Regulator. 

This meeting will take place online. If you would like to register to attend please let us know by emailing:

by Tuesday 8 November 5pm. 

Once you have registered, we will contact you regarding the format and any other logistics as soon as possible before the meeting.

Stakeholder responses

On the 30 of September we asked stakeholders for their views on SONI’s FWP. We are reminding stakeholders that the deadline for responses is 12 noon Friday 11 November 2022. Please send these through to:

We plan to publish (non-confidential) stakeholder responses prior to the stakeholder event. 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 FOIA, 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 (FOIA) and the Data Protection Act 2018 (DPA)).

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.