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Learn about the National Grid Electricity Transmission Independent User Group

National Grid Electricity Transmission Independent User Group

We are the Independent User Group responsible for scrutinising National Grid’s RIIO 2 business plan and challenging how they engage with stakeholders.

As the Independent User Group, we represent a cross-section of the energy industry and beyond, bringing our individual expertise and experience across a broad range of energy issues.

Our members represent consumer, environmental and public interest groups, as well as large-scale and small-scale customers, distribution networks and the Electricity System Operator (ESO). Trisha McAuley, our Chair, is an independent consumer expert and experienced Non-Executive Director.

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What is the User Group responsible for?

We have three key functions as National Grid Electricity Transmission prepare their RIIO 2 business plan submission:

Firstly, we will challenge and review how National Gr id have engaged with stakeholders in developing their business plan. For example, are the priorities of all stakeholders fully represented? Are National Grid making sure that stakeholders have the right opportunities for their views to be heard?

The second role of our Group is to scrutinise the National Grid Electricity Transmission business plan. We will assess areas such as the outputs they are committing to deliver, associated costs, the proposed packages of incentives and how they plan to deal with uncertainty over the duration of the next price control period.

Finally, we will report on all areas of the business plan; where we agree and where there are any areas of concern. We will submit a report to the regulator, Ofgem in December 2019. We have a regular dialogue with Ofgem, the Ofgem RIIO 2 challenge group and other user group chairs throughout our tenure through our Chair. You can find out more on the Ofgem page here.

2021 Key dates

The dates for the Independent User Group meetings are as follows:

  • 22nd January 2021
  • 8th March 2021
  • 12th July 2021
  • 15th September 2021
  • 8th November 2021

Dates marked * are meetings with National Grid representatives. Other dates are User Group only meetings.