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1 Code Administrators Working Group Introduction 28 August 2008

2 2 Welcome to the group Background and purpose of the group Today’s Agenda Introduction and welcome

3 3 One of six Governance Review work-strands Strategic policy reform/self governance package Charging methodologies Code objectives Performance of Code administrators Small participant initiatives Code administrators working group Purpose of group The Code Administrators Working Group

4 4 Ofgem initiated high level strategic policy reviews with legally binding conclusions…plus Self governance for low customer impact modifications Self governance with protections (eg appeal route, panel representation for customers) A combined package of proposals Consultation – autumn 2008 Scope of review Major policy reform and self governance

5 5 Decisions largely follow panel recommendations Does Ofgem need to be involved in all mods? YearNo of decisions 07/08153 06/07210 05/06239 04/05163

6 6 Ofgem initiates review Third party raises mod proposal Ofgem categorises Industry led Merits appeal to Ofgem Ofgem runs review process – legally binding conclusions Standard merits CC appeal “Most material – key public policy issue” POSSIBLE PROCESS - THREE PATHS FOR CODE CHANGE Ofgem decision – accept or reject mod Ofgem issues decision Panel develop mod to comply with conclusions Ofgem decision Panel decision – accept or reject “Material but no major review necessary ” Consultation and Panel recommendation Standard CC merits appeal PATH 2 - BUSINESS AS USUAL Standard CC merits appeal PATH 3 – SELF GOVERNANCE PATH 1 – OFGEM POLICY REVIEW “Low customer impact”

7 7 Methodologies impact on: o infrastructure investment o operational behaviour o GHG emissions o distributional effects Allow market participants to propose changes? Benefits - more accessibility, accountability of networks Downsides - frequency of change, reduced certainty, revenue risk for networks Scope of review Charging methodologies Possible options for consultation 1.Status quo – no change 2.Transfer into codes 3.Retain in licence but allow more accessibility Consultation – August 2008

8 8 Alignment of code objectives with Authority duties? Propose to issue open letter consultation in September 08 Will consider environment, but not other statutory duties Final guidance on treatment of GHG costs/benefits under existing code objectives – published June 08 Possible options for consultation: o Expand scope of existing objectives o New code objective on environment o Requirement on panels to consult on environment Scope of review Code objectives

9 9 Quality of analysis - concerns remain, significant issues for smaller players and new entrants, and Ofgem! Scope for Ofgem to engage and advise – prevent “blind alleys” Proposals to enable Authority to “send back reports” and “call in panels and administrators” Governance of code administrators and panels: Sufficiently accountable – board structures and benchmarking? Independent panel chairs? Alignment of customer representation across codes? Consultation Autumn 2008 Scope of review Role of code administrators and panels

10 10 Complexity and fragmentation – barrier to new entrants and smaller players Ofgem to set up working group to explore best practice and convergence across codes. No proposals at this stage to pursue code mergers – but open to industry to take initiative. Scope of review Addressing fragmentation and complexity

11 11 Explore requirements on code administrators or panels to consider the needs of smaller participants Assistance or funding for smaller participants in engaging in the codes modification process? Consultation autumn 2008 Scope of review Small participant initiatives

12 12 Our aspirations for code governance An effective governance regime Promote inclusive, accessible and effective consultation Governed by transparent & easily understood rules and processes Administered in an independent & objective fashion Rigorous and high quality analysis Cost effective Sufficiently flexible to circumstances Delivers a proportionate regulatory burden

13 13 Governance ineffective in delivery strategic policy reform Effective in managing incremental change Administrator analysis - poor quality/lack of incentives Ofgem involvement disproportionate Code fragmentation/heavy layer of complexity Differences in code objectives lead to inefficiencies Sceptical over charging methodology changes The Brattle report - conclusions

14 14 Quality of analysis – respondents’ views Several market participants indicated that quality of analysis was not problem or issue Improvement requires more engagement from Ofgem –earlier participation in process –terms of Ofgem engagement should be clearly set out Some smaller market participants took a different view –reports incomprehensible or lack critical assessment –participant views reported but not assessed/analysed –…this hinders engagement Some support for additional Ofgem power to : –“call in” proposals that are not being properly assessed –send modification reports back to panel –call for more analysis

15 15 Moving charging methodologies into codes Mixed views received from market participants –Some supportive – welcome consideration of the issue, potential transparency benefits –Some opposing views – potential for increased uncertainty –Some support for independent administration of methodologies Network businesses generally unsupportive of move –Potential for proliferation of proposals / additional resource requirements / greater uncertainty –ENA agrees issue is within scope – but with caveats

16 16 Fragmentation, complexity and other issues Concerns expressed that existing arrangements are complex –harmonisation and convergence of mod rules necessary –consider code/administrator convergence Arrangements do not effectively address cross code & strategic issues Prioritisation of mod proposals desirable – links to self governance Mixed views for move to increased self governance –impact on smaller players? Less inclusive/accessible regime? Costly process? –Or, reduce Ofgem role where unanimous support for code mod Several respondents argued that: –no fundamental change is necessary – only incremental change is warranted –Change should be accompanied by cost benefit analysis Feedback received on other issues - e.g. transparency of Authority decisions

17 17 Alignment of code objectives Strong support from renewables sector Support from other market participants for considering the issue - although many signal a cautious approach: –Important to consider interactions with statutory and licence objectives of network business –Clarity needed on interpretation of objectives and the need for weightings if new objectives are added –Risk of increased complexity Energywatch agrees that it is timely to consider alignment issue –Lack of alignment means Authority does not receive all necessary information

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