Infographic: How Ofgem's network price control proposals (RIIO-ED1) will affect you

Publication date
28th November 2014
Information type
Policy area

Network companies are natural monopolies in the way they transport electricity to homes and businesses in Britain.

Price controls set the revenues these companies can collect from you through your energy bill and incentivise them to find new ways to improve efficiency and quality of service.

Here's how our RIIO-ED1 price control on network companies will affect you.

Infographic: How Ofgem's network price control proposals (RIIO-ED1) will affect you - plain-text version

Power networks and you - How will Ofgem's price control (RIIO-ED1) on companies distributing electricity in Britain affect you?

Great Britain

  • £24.6 billion* - Total to be spent on the network 2015-2023
  • £10 - Resulting annual average savings in consumer bills
  • 8% - The power distribution part of a dual fuel bill
  • Almost 800 km - The length of our power network
  • 30% - Network reliability increase since 2002

*Figure includes agreed spend for Western Power Distribution under ‘fast-track’ arrangements. £17.4 billion proposed across the remaining five companies who run Britain’s power network.

Outputs

  • Reliability - We expect companies to improve network reliability and reduce the number and duration of power cuts.
  • Connections - Companies will provide a better service for new connections.
  • Customer service - We incentivise companies to deliver good customer service and listen to stakeholders.
  • Social obligation - Companies will do more to help vulnerable customers, particularly during power cuts.
  • Environmental - Companies must reduce their carbon emissions and other environmental impacts.
  • Safety - Companies are funded to ensure the network remains safe and meets Health and Safety Executive standards.

Regional breakdown

SP Energy Networks - Southern and Central Scotland, Merseyside Cheshire, North Wales and North Shropshire

  • £3.2 billion - Total to be spent on the network 2015-2023
  • £10 - Resulting annual average savings in consumer bills
  • 103,205 km - Length of network
  • 3,491,029 - Number of customers

Scotland and Southern England Power Distribution - Scotland and Southern England

  • £3.5 billion - Total to be spent on the network 2015-2023
  • £18 - Resulting annual average savings in consumer bills
  • 125,189 km - Length of network
  • 3,738,445 - Number of customers

Northern Powergrid - North East England

  • £3 billion - Total to be spent on the network 2015-2023
  • £14 - Resulting annual average savings in consumer bills
  • 94,336 km - Length of network
  • 3,863,810 - Number of customers

UK Power Networks - South East England

  • £6 billion - Total to be spent on the network 2015-2023
  • £4 - Resulting annual average savings in consumer bills
  • 186,436 km - Length of network
  • 8,114,319 - Number of customers

Wester Power DIstribution - Midlands, South West England and Wales

  • £7.1 billion - Total to be spent on the network 2015-2023
  • £8 - Resulting annual average savings in consumer bills
  • 223,094 km - Length of network
  • 7,737,436 - Number of customers

Electrcity North West - North West England

  • £1.8 billion - Total to be spent on the network 2015-2023
  • £23 - Resulting annual average savings in consumer bills
  • 57,589 km - Length of network
  • 2,371,790 - Number of customers

Information correct at May 2015.

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