Cost reporting

The next price control for electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) is expected to commence on 1 April 2015.

To formulate distribution price controls we have to obtain a clear understanding of the DNOs’ costs. And we need to compare the performance and efficiency of different companies so that appropriate allowances can be set.

We collect annual cost information from each of the regulated companies. The cost data is reviewed in depth so we are sure of its consistency and accuracy.

Working in this way we aim to:

  • put cost data from the different systems used by distribution companies into a comparable form for price control reviews
  • spread the costs of providing price control information across a number of years and avoid the need for a major back-capture exercise when the next price control needs to be developed
  • build an understanding of  how distribution costs are driven, and affected by management choices
  • provide regularly updated information on costs for internal and external users.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 7th May 2010
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 3 Associated documents
Distribution Network Operator Cost Regulatory Reporting Pack and Instructions & Guidance for 2009/10

  • Published: 7th Aug 2009
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
This report examines the non-operational property costs of the Distribution Network Operators. It assesses historical property and facilities management costs, space utilisation, reviews management of surplus properties and provides a cost forecast.

  • Published: 1st Apr 2009
  • Guidance
  • 3 Associated documents
This document is Version 4 of the Price Control Review Reporting Rules (''the Rules'') dated April 2009

  • Published: 1st Apr 2009
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Direction issued by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority to relevant electricity distributors under standard licence conditions 48 and 49.

  • Published: 7th Jan 2009
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
This report summarises expenditure for 2007-08 for the 14 electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) as provided in the annual cost reporting submissions. We include our current view of the Regulatory Asset Value for each DNO as at 31 March 2008

  • Published: 4th Apr 2008
  • Guidance
  • 3 Associated documents
This document is Version 3 of the Price Control Review Reporting Rules (“the Rules”)dated February 2008

  • Published: 4th Apr 2008
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Direction issued by the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority to relevant electricity distributors under part D (establishment of the price control review reporting rules) of standard condition 52

  • Published: 10th Dec 2007
  • Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
This is the third annual report on DNO costs based on the cost reporting process developed during DPCR4

  • Published: 30th Mar 2007
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Cost Reporting Rules 2006-2007 version 2.21

  • Published: 30th Mar 2007
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents
Regulatory Reporting Pack Cost Commentary Reporting Year 2006-2007.

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