Reform of network access and forward-looking charges

Current and future trends in the energy system will transform how we use the electricity networks. Smart technologies and new, innovative business models offer opportunities to adjust demand and supply at times and places where network capacity is limited. It is increasingly important that network capacity is allocated and used in a way which reduces the potential costs to consumers as a whole.

Here you can find information and outputs from our work and engagement relating to our review of network charging arrangements and forward looking charges.

Review scope

Our Strategy for regulating the future energy system and Plan for a Smart, flexible energy system (which is joint with government) describe how providing users with better signals about the costs and benefits they incur on the network at a particular time and place is a priority area to address.

In November 2017, we published a working paper launching the process we plan to use to address the key regulatory gaps, working with industry. 

We are focusing on options to define more explicitly arrangements for access to the networks and the options for improvement to the forward-looking elements of network charging.

Your views

We are keen to gain a wide range of views to inform this work. 

We have set up two task forces under a new Charging Futures Forum. We are also holding multiple workshops to help develop the options for reform. 

As our work progresses, we will continue to provide opportunities for stakeholders to discuss the potential options with us and feed in to our work. We will publish information about this here, alongside outputs from this work.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 23rd Jul 2018
  • Closed: 18th Sep 2018
  • Consultations and responses, Reports and plans
  • 2 Associated documents
We are seeking views on our proposals to get more out of our electricity networks through reforming access and forward-looking charging arrangements.

  • Published: 6th Nov 2017
  • Reports and plans
  • 1 Associated documents
Reform of electricity network access and forward-looking charges