Ofgem clears SP Distribution of discrimination allegation

Ofgem statement (6 pages, PDF) on an investigation into allegations by an independent distribution network operator that SP Distribution had unduly discriminated against competitors in the provision of point of connection information that is needed by potential suppliers of connections to the electricity network before they bid for the work.

According to Ofgem, “there is no evidence which would support a finding that the Licensee had infringed” the relevant rules. From Ofgem's review of the records, SP Distribution did not appear to taken longer to supply information to competitors than to its own affiliate connections provider (Core), and had correctly applied different charges when the services required by different providers led to different costs.

In contrast to the similar case involving SP Manweb (which led to undertakings, now partially relaxed), the investigation into SP Distribution did not consider competition law compliance issues.

For further information or advice please contact Franck Latrémolière.

Filed under Electricity, Ofgem.

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