My name is Binoy Dharsi. I’m a network charging expert here at EDF and I want to take you through some of the network charge reforms that are currently underway and some that are being planned for the future.
What are network charges?
When I’m talking about network charges, I’m talking about:
- Transmission Network Use of System charges (TNUoS) – the large “motorway” wires that connect generators through to the localised distribution areas.
- Distribution areas (DUoS) – the more complicated “b roads” which deliver power to homes and businesses.
- Balancing Services (BSUoS) – the energy that generators produce is matched against the amount of energy that consumers consume. This needs to be balanced on a second by second basis and that pot of money is BSUoS.
Collectively this accounts for almost a third of your electricity bill.
Over the next 3-5 years that pot of money is going to increase (due to some of the reasons below), and essentially the whole pot of money is there to be collected for the network operators to reliably provide your connection and to make sure that the system is maintained in the way it should be.