Power distribution operators’ allowances cut by £200m

Ofgem has confirmed the allowances of some of Britain’s electricity distribution network operators (DNOs) will be reduced by around £200 million. It follows a review of performance in the previous price control – 2010-2015 – which assessed how much DNOs had spent and what they had delivered. The regulator said some DNOs did not need […]

Profits of power network operators ‘add £10bn to bills’

Electricity network operators have been accused of making “huge” profits over the last six years that have added £10 billion to consumers’ energy bills. That’s according to new analysis by the Energy and Climate Intelligence Unit (ECIU), which found the six firms that own and operate the network of towers and cables bringing power to […]

Ofgem proposes £206.8m spending cut for DNOs

Ofgem is proposing reducing allowances across all distribution network operators (DNOs) by £206.8 million. It states the new financial adjustments reflect DNOs’ performance under the previous price control – which ended on 31st March 2015 – when electricity demand was “significantly lower than expected”. As a result, some DNOs did not need to spend as […]

Local grid operators ‘must be more flexible to meet demand’

Local electricity network operators must be more flexible when responding to requests for connections. That’s according to Ofgem, which states the amount of new generation – such as solar – seeking connections to electricity distribution networks has grown “significantly” in recent years. Around 26% of total generation capacity was made up of smaller generators linked […]

Ofgem proposes doubling power cut compensation

Regulator Ofgem is proposing to double the financial payments customers get for facing long power cuts during extreme weather conditions. The payments made by Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) were due to rise from £27 to £35 as part of Ofgem’s price control – which runs from 1st April 2015 to 31st March 2023 – but […]

Ofgem probes two electricity network firms over Christmas blackouts

Ofgem has launched an investigation into electricity network companies SSE and UK Power Networks (UKPN) over their poor performance during the blackouts caused by storms last Christmas. The watchdog is considering increasing payments to customers who didn’t have access to electricity for an extended period of time during the severe weather. Ofgem said its review […]

Blog: Gale force MPs knock network bosses off their comfy perch

They operate out of sight, out of mind. They don’t contact us, we don’t contact them. We don’t know who they are, or what they do – that is, until fair weather turns foul. Who are these shadowy mystery men and women? The power network firms of course! Affectionately known as the DNOs – distribution […]

Power network firms “utterly complacent” after Christmas storms

Bosses of the UK’s power network operators were told off for “utter complacency” today in the wake of Christmas storms which led to power cuts for 460,000 people. Representatives from UK Power Networks, Western Power Distribution, SSE, Electricity North West, ScottishPower and trade body Energy Networks Association appeared in front of MPs to defend themselves. […]

Tough new measures to improve electricity networks on the way

Ofgem has published “tough” new measures for electricity distribution networks (DNOs) which it claims will help improve services for consumers. The energy watchdog said the proposals, known as RIIO-ED1 (Revenue = Incentives + Innovation + Outputs-Electricity Distribution), has been designed to encourage companies to “deliver improvements in customer satisfaction, reliability, stakeholder engagement and sustainable services […]