Ofgem, the regulator for gas and electricity markets, has today confirmed its network price control methodology. The next round of network price controls, otherwise known as RIIO-2, will run from 2021 to 2026 and aims to deliver a smarter and sustainable energy network at a lower cost to consumers.
The methodology highlights the imperative role distribution networks have in supporting consumers in vulnerable situations. As such, the assistance network companies provide to consumers in vulnerable situations will increase. This includes:
- Enhanced licence conditions
- Incentives to ensure vulnerability is considered during customer interaction
- A reform of current innovation funding and additional funds to support projects which help vulnerable customers.
Ofgem have confirmed that the fuel poor network extension scheme, which provides fuel poor households access to free or subsidised gas network connections, will continue. A re-opener will also be introduced to allow for networks to deliver energy efficiency measures, should the Government decide that networks have a role in providing such to fuel poor households.