Through the Integrated Transmission Planning and Regulation (ITPR) project we are looking at the arrangements for planning and delivering the onshore, offshore and cross-border transmission network.
The need to reduce carbon emissions while replacing existing infrastructure will be driving major investment in electricity transmission networks over the coming decades. System upgrades will allow increased power flows across the onshore network, and new subsea cables will connect offshore wind farms and increase interconnection to other countries. The changing energy mix, particularly increasing use of renewable energy sources, will also create new challenges to maintaining a secure and stable network. Given these challenges, we are proposing changes to the regulatory framework based on two key objectives:
1. That the network is planned in an economic, efficient and coordinated manner.
2. That capital and operational costs are efficient and consumers aren't exposed to undue costs and risks.
In June 2013 we published a consultation on our Emerging Thinking, and in September 2014 we published a further consultation on our Draft Conclusions. Subject to responses, we envisage publishing our Final Conclusions in spring 2015.
Please email us at ITPRMailbox@ofgem.gov.uk if you require any additional information