On Monday 11 September, Ofgem published an open letter on strategic transmission charging reform. The letter sets out the regulator’s initial thinking on the future role and design of electricity transmission network charging within the wider context of fundamental system change and policy reform, such as that being considered as part of the government’s Review of Electricity Market Arrangements (REMA).
On Friday 4 August, Ofgem and DESNZ published a joint consultation on the Future System Operator (FSO) Second Policy Consultation and Update.
On Friday 14 July, Ofgem published an open letter emphasising the importance of the Open Networks Project (ONP) for unlocking flexibility.
On Wednesday 21 June, Ofgem published a consultation on funding the transition to the Future System Operator (FSO). The consultation is seeking views on Ofgem’s funding proposals for cost recovery mechanisms that will allow for the Electricity System Operator (ESO), National Grid (NG) and National Gas Transmission (NGT) to recover efficient and economic costs incurred from activities related to the transition to the FSO.
As part of the ongoing Energy Bill process, on Tuesday 6 June, the government issued guidance detailing a proposal to amend the existing duties of the Gas and Electricity Markets Authority (Ofgem) in order to provide it with a specific net zero duty which they will have regard to when carrying out their duties.
Regen published a report on Wednesday 24 May titled Building a GB electricity network ready for net zero, highlighting the urgent need for reform and investment given that lead times for critical low-carbon projects to connect to the grid are now over 15 years.