MPs to quiz OFGEM over high UK grid connection charges

TLongannet power stationhe Westminster parliament will tomorrow (4 Nov) consider the thorny question of charges set by the UK regulator for power generators to connect to the Grid.

This is one of the factors which may lead to the closure of Longannet – Scotland’s largest power station (pictured) – because charges are loaded against generators by geographic distance from London, where the regulator is based.

MPs on the parliament’s Energy Committee will examine this and a range of issues, including the impact of Ofgem and the Government’s frameworks on network costs for the UK’s energy system. The committee is chaired by Tim Yeo (Con).

Ofgem and the Matthew Hancock, the UK Minister for energy will respond to issues raised in the first two public hearings. Giving evidence from OFGEM are:

  • Dermot Nolan, Chief Executive
  • Maxine Frerk, Interim Senior Partner for Smarter Grids & Governance: Distribution
  • Martin Crouch, Senior Partner, Transmission, Smarter Grids & Governance:

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