Our RIIO-T2 User Group was central to the development of that plan and provided crucial independent scrutiny and guidance during the development process, releasing their own independent report and assessment of our plans in December 2019.
Following Ofgem’s Final Determination and in preparation for the start of the RIIO-T2 period on 1 April 2021, we look forward to the ongoing role the RIIO-T2 User Group will play in our business - continuing to provide us with external challenge and oversight throughout the RIIO-T2 price control period.
The Group brought external representatives, independent experts and advisors – acting as a strong voice for our network users, customers and stakeholders during our decision-making processes.
In our business plan we noted an intention to maintain the Transmission User Group throughout the RIIO-T2 period, providing the independent group with the opportunity to influence business decision making over the period, ensuring commitments are delivered and assessing performance.
Ofgem has not yet decided on a future enduring role or remit for these groups, however we've continued to set up the enduring group on the basis set out within the original business plan. Following the conclusion of our business plan submission - former Energy Minister Rt Hon Charles Hendry stepped down as Chair of the Transmission User Group for SP Energy Networks.
We're delighted to Welcome Angela Love as Chair
Angela, who has been a valued member of the Group during the development of our business plan, has taken on the role of Chair and oversee the Group’s development over the coming years – focusing on providing expert, external advice and scrutiny on the delivery of our proposed business plan throughout the RIIO-T2 period from 1 April 2021.
Angela has 30 years’ experience of the UK/EU gas and electricity markets and brings extensive expertise, starting her career at ScottishPower in commercial and financial roles, latterly as UK Strategy and External Affairs Manager for ScottishPower’s non-price regulated businesses - generation, trading, retail and renewables. Angela was a consultant for 13 years, advising clients on market arrangements across gas, electricity and water and developing business strategies. Her past roles include Chairman of the Gas Forum and the Energy Networks Association’s Director of Gas, Communications and European Affairs. She was a Trustee of the Gas Safe Charity for 9 years and member of Ofgem’s Stakeholder Engagement and Customer Vulnerability Panel for 4 years. Angela is currently Director of Future Markets and Engagement at Elexon.
Speaking on Angela’s appointment our CEO, Frank Mitchell said: “The next 10 years will be critical for the next stage of the UK economy’s decarbonisation and our Transmission network will play a central role in that challenge. The RIIO-T2 User Group have, throughout the development of our plans, provided us with unmatched insight and suggestions – bringing the voices of our customers, stakeholders and the communities we serve even deeper into our decision making. I’d like to thank Charles for his leadership and guidance of the group over the last two years as we worked to build a plan that delivers on the challenges we face. “Angela was at the centre of the extensive development process for our RIIO-T2 Business Plan, and I’m delighted she’ll now take on the role of Chair for the Group. Angela’s knowledge and experience will only help to make our plans and delivery of an ambitious investment programme stronger and I look forward to working constructively with Angela over the coming years.”
Following Frank’s comments Angela said: "I am delighted to be taking on the role of the Chair of the enduring User Group and look forward to assembling a strong Panel to be able to constructively challenge and work with SP Energy Networks in delivering their business plans. It is a particularly exciting and challenging time for energy networks, given the role that they will be able to play in meeting the Scottish and UK Government’s Net Zero targets and facilitating new technologies that will aid in meeting them”.
We've worked with Angela to assess gaps in representation amongst the retained membership of the User Group and following open advertisement, Angela will shortly conclude recruitment for new members. New Terms of Reference for the enduring group have been drafted and we intend to hold the first formal meeting of the enduring group in Q2 2021, timed to coincide with the start of the RIIO-T2 period.