Network charging developments and Charging Futures

On this page you’ll find out how we’re working with industry on the future of electricity network charging, and how to keep up with these developments through Charging Futures.

Watch our video for an overview of Charging Futures.

Network charging developments and Charging Futures

Charging Futures was set up for electricity network users to learn, contribute and shape the reform of GB's electricity network access and charging arrangements. It is a programme coordinating significant reform of electricity access and charging arrangements in close collaboration with users of GB's electricity network.

Acting as a bridge between policy, industry initiatives and the industry code governance process, Charging Futures has four key parts: a regular Forum, a Delivery Body, Task Forces and Ofgem as Chair.

Did you know – we also provide updates via our mailing list. Please sign up to the Charging Futures Mailing list today to stay up to date with the latest information.

 

More about charging development

 

Charging Futures

Our website with plain-English information on all major electricity network charging reviews and reforms is available here. 

Connection and Use of System (CUSC) proposals

The CUSC is the contractual framework for connecting to and using the National Electricity Transmission System (NETS). You can find out more information on existing CUSC modifications on the CUSC page.

Significant Code Reviews

Targeted Charging Review

The Targeted Charging Review (TCR) was launched to address Ofgem’s concern that the current framework for residual and cost-recovery charging may result in inefficient use of the networks and unfair outcomes for consumers. 

The TCR has looked at how electricity network residual charges should be set, for both transmission and distribution.

It has also looked at the differences in charging arrangements between transmission connected generators and smaller distribution connected generators (Embedded Benefits).

In November 2019 Ofgem published their final decision on the Targeted Charging Review with supporting documents. Here are some resources to help you understand Ofgem’s decision:

Access and Forward-Looking Charges Review

The scope of the SCR includes:

  • a review of the definition and choice of access rights for transmission and distribution users
  • a wide-ranging review of distribution network charges (Distribution Use of System (DUoS) charges)
  • a review of the distribution connection charging boundary
  • a focused review of transmission network charges (Transmission Network Use of System (TNUoS) charges)

ENA Open Networks Project

The Electricity Networks Association (ENA) launched a major industry initiative in December 2016 called ‘Open Networks’. This includes involvement from energy regulator Ofgem and will progress the transition to a DSO to enable a smart, flexible energy system. An integral workstream for this project is considering network charging, and we are playing a key role within this workstream. You can find further details of the Open Networks Project on the ENA website.