Correspondence

Electricity (Connection Charges) Regulations (ECCR)

Through the Electricity (Connection Charges) Regulations 2017, the Government has extended the scope of the regime to ensure connections provided by independent connection providers (ICPs) fall within scope and to extend the time period to which the regime applies.

Documents

Government response: informal consultation on extending the scope of the Electricity (Connection Charges) Regulations (ECCR)

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Impact assessment: Widening the scope and application of the Second Comer Regime

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Informal Consultation regarding potential changes to the Electricity (Connection Charges) Regulations 2002 – ‘Second Comer’ Rules

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The Electricity (Connection Charges) Regulations 2002 (ECCR), also known as the ‘Second Comer Regime’, provided that where a person connected to and benefited from electricity infrastructure that was paid for by an initial connectee, the earlier connectee could be reimbursed for a share of the costs by the subsequent connecting customer.

Following an amendment to the Infrastructure Act 2015, the Government has, through the Electricity (Connection Charges) Regulations 2017, extended the scope of the regime to ensure connections provided by independent connection providers (ICPs) fall within scope and to extend the time period to which the regime applies from five to ten years.

There are also a number of more minor changes to the regime designed to bring greater clarity for customers and those administering the scheme. Government believes these changes will support competition and help ensure a fairer sharing of costs.

Published 30 June 2014
Last updated 3 March 2017 + show all updates
  1. Government response and Impact Assessment published.
  2. Informal Consultation regarding potential changes to the Electricity (Connection Charges) Regulations 2002 – ‘Second Comer’ Rules
  3. Following a call for comments in June 2014, the Government is introducing an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill which will enable an amendment to the Electricity Connection Charging Regulations 2002.
  4. First published.