The Government is introducing an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill which will enable an amendment to the Electricity Connection Charging Regulations 2002.
The ‘Second Comer’ regime provide that where a person connects to and benefits from electricity infrastructure that was paid for by an initial connectee, the earlier connectee can be reimbursed for a share of the costs by the subsequent connecting customer.
Following the amendment that was made in the Infrastructure Act 2015, the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) is proposing to update the scope of the regime and is publishing draft Regulations for informal consultation.
These Regulations will bring Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) within scope of the second comer regime and will also extend the period of payment of a second comer charge from 5 to 10 years. There are also a number of smaller changes to the Regulations, which we believe provide more clarity to those implementing the Regulations. Full details are set out in the letter.
Government believes these changes will support competition and help ensure a fairer sharing of costs.
Government welcomes comments on these Regulations by 20 November 2015.