SONI Evaluative Performance Framework: SONI’s Annual Forward Plan 2022/23 - Call for Evidence and date for stakeholder workshop

The Evaluative Performance Framework (EPF), which has been devised as part of the SONI 2020 to 2025 price control, allows for an evaluation of SONI’s performance.

An independent panel of experts has been established, who will review SONI’s Annual Forward Plan 2022/23 against a set of evaluation criteria. The panel will take into consideration evidence and views from both stakeholders and the Utility Regulator.  After consideration of the evidence, the panel will provide their recommendation to the Utility Regulator.

Once the evaluation process has been finalised, a financial reward or penalty will be calculated in accordance with the incentive calculation methodology as set out in Evaluative Performance Framework Guidance document. This document sets out how the panel will assess SONI’s Forward plan and provides more detail on the process.

Dates noted in “Section 3 The Annual Process” have been revised for the submission of the Annual Forward Plan. We approved a request from SONI to extend the submission deadline for its plan to the end of September 2022 (instead of the end of August). Consequently, all other dates in relation to the evaluation of the Annual Forward Plan will be extended by one calendar month.

We would appreciate feedback on SONI’s published Annual Forward Plan 2022/23 by 12 noon 11 November 2022. Written feedback is preferable.

Written feedback should be sent to: Ciara Brennan

We plan to publish the written feedback we receive, along with our own feedback, and share it with the panel as part of the process (unless otherwise requested).

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 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.

Stakeholder meeting

As part of our engagement with stakeholders we plan to host a stakeholder meeting in November. The provisional date is Tuesday 15 November 2022. Both SONI and the EFP panel members will be in attendance. This event will allow SONI to share its own evidence and views on its Annual Forward Plan and allow stakeholders to raise questions and provide direct feedback to SONI.

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.

Further details of the stakeholder event will be communicated in due course. If you would like to register your early interest, please contact: