UK watchdog rejects SSE, EDF’s appeal on transmission charges

The competition watchdog has dismissed EDF and SSE’s appeal against Ofgem’s decision on transmission charges. In 2016, SSE had requested a change to industry rules about charges paid by electricity […]

By Priyanka Shrestha

The competition watchdog has dismissed EDF and SSE’s appeal against Ofgem’s decision on transmission charges.

In 2016, SSE had requested a change to industry rules about charges paid by electricity generators for using the transmission system, which would have resulted in them receiving a £120 million rebate from National Grid.

It argued generators in Britain had paid more in transmission charges in 2015/16 than the maximum set under EU law.

SSE and EDF appealed to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) after Ofgem rejected the request.

The CMA concluded that – applying the correct approach to EU law – there was such an exclusion and therefore there had not been a breach of the cap and Ofgem was entitled to reject the modification request.

Andrew Wright, Senior Partner at Ofgem, said: “It is good news for consumers that the CMA has upheld Ofgem’s decision. If the modification had gone ahead, it is likely that the rebate would have cost consumers up to £120 million and led to further payments to larger generators in the longer term.”