Integrated Transmission Planning and Regulation (ITPR) project: final conclusions

Publication date
17th March 2015
Information types
Policy areas

In this document we set out our decision on a number of proposals to provide for a more integrated approach to electricity transmission planning and delivery. This follows our draft conclusions consultation in September 2014, and our decisions have been informed by consultation with stakeholders.

The System Operator will be given additional responsibilities to identify the need for investment in the transmission network, and coordinate and develop investment options. This will include a new network options assessment process. There could be conflicts of interest associated with these enhanced roles, and we will implement measures to mitigate any such conflicts.

We confirm our view that it is in consumers’ interests to extend the use of competitive tendering to onshore transmission assets that are new, separable and high value. We will also take forward the proposals in our draft conclusions on interconnection, non-GB generation and multiple purpose projects.

We will publish a consultation on licence changes to implement the enhancements to the SO role with the aim of having the arrangements in place by late summer. We will develop and consult on the detailed regime for onshore competition through 2015 and 2016, and begin to take forward necessary licence and codes changes in 2016. We aim to be in a position to run the first tender in 2016 or 2017.

If you have any questions please contact the ITPR team.