Derogations from standards

A derogation is a direction from the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (our governing body, the Authority), relieving a licensee from its obligation to comply with a technical standard or code in its licence in specified circumstances and to a specified extent.

There may be occasions when a licensee assesses that it is not in a position to comply with a particular code or standard, or that the requirements placed upon it by a code or standard may result in an inefficient outcome either in the short or longer term. In these circumstances, a licensee may submit a request to us for derogation from the licence requirement.

A request for a derogation should be submitted in writing to us and should include sufficient information to enable the Authority to make a decision, including a comprehensive and (where possible) quantitative assessment of the impact of the proposed non-compliance on:

  • consumers
  • competition
  • sustainable development
  • health and safety and the associated risk management measures
  • other parties affected by the non-compliance, including the ability of the relevant system operator to operate its system.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 25th May 2018
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
We have decided to extend the until 31 March 2019.

  • Published: 16th Nov 2017
  • Decisions, Guidance
  • 2 Associated documents
Our decision to amend our guidance on technical derogation requests to incorporate derogation requests in relation to three European Network Codes.

  • Published: 22nd Sep 2017
  • Closed: 20th Oct 2017
  • Consultations and responses
  • 4 Associated documents
We are consulting on our technical connection derogation requests guidance, to incorporate guidance in relation to several new European Network Codes.

  • Published: 13th May 2015
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter is intended to raise stakeholder awareness of a very important project that the electricity distribution network licensees have recently initiated. This is the review of Engineering Recommendation (ER) P2.

  • Published: 27th Mar 2015
  • Decisions
  • 3 Associated documents
This Direction extends the previous derogation (which relieves licensees from complying with ER P2/6 where the Group Demand is less than 60 MW under specific conditions) from SLC 24 of the Electricity Distribution Licence until 31 March 2019.

  • Published: 17th Dec 2010
  • Open letters and correspondence
  • 1 Associated documents
Letter to update network licensees on process to follow regarding a derogation request from ER P2/6

  • Published: 21st Dec 2009
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter sets out the Authority’s reasons for its decision to grant a further derogation from the Grid Code to NGET in respect of the Grain LNG demand site.

  • Published: 12th Jun 2009
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
See the Authority’s reasons for its decision to extend the Grid Code derogation granted to NGET in respect of the Grain LNG demand site.

  • Published: 19th Jan 2009
  • Guidance
  • 1 Associated documents
See guidance for licensees on derogation requests from electricity technical codes and standards.

  • Published: 19th Jan 2009
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This letter sets out our conclusions following our consultation on guidance for derogation requests and derogations for earlier connections.

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