Wednesday 22 June 2016

Ofgem consults on SSE’s power connection commitments

Ofgem consults on SSE’s power connection commitments

A consultation on the commitments made by energy company SSE following an Ofgem investigation has been launched.

The regulator launched a probe into whether the Big Six supplier put its competitors at a disadvantage in the power connections market last year.

According to Ofgem, the market is worth more than £500 million a year. Independent companies compete against Britain’s regional power distribution network operators such as SSE to connect new customers.

The regulator stated: “Ofgem’s investigation identified competition concerns relating to SSE’s behaviour in providing services needed to enable it and its competitors’ to connect up new development sites. The behaviour in question included inconsistencies in providing essential information to competitors when competing to provide connections.”

SSE has agreed to put in place new processes to ensure consistency in its pricing and when identifying points of connection to its power distribution networks.

Ofgem is seeking views from interested parties until 3rd August on the appropriateness of the regulator accepting the commitments offered by SSE.

Since the launch of the investigation, a new Code of Practice has been introduced to force companies to open up competition in the electricity connections market.

Written by

Bruna Pinhoni

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