Funding for Beauly-Denny public inquiry: 2006/2007 costs

Ofgem consultation (23 pages, PDF) on a proposal to allow Scottish & Southern Energy to recover £2.1 million from its customers as its 2006/2007 costs of participation in the Beauly-Denny public inquiry.

This is only a first installment: the "bulk of the costs" will be claimed for 2007/2008.

Most responses to a previous consultation had objected to such customer funding for the promoter of the scheme. The scheme itself is opposed by campaign groups, primarily because of its visual impact.

The document explains that costs of participation in the inquiry are included in the definition of relevant costs in the transmission investment for renewable generation (TIRG) licence condition that it had agreed with the company in 2005. Ofgem does not therefore need to express a view as to whether this participation is necessary or desirable in a broader sense.

Responses by Wednesday 9 July 2008.

Comment. I cannot find the responses to the 2007 consultation on Ofgem's website, so I do not know whether any of the anti-pylon campaigners have complained that objections customer-funded participation of the promoter in the public inquiry were now being met by the specific language in a licence condition (which they might not feel they had a proper opportunity to object to). Franck

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

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