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Citizens Advice response to Ofgem statutory consultation on proposed modifications to Charge Restriction Condition 3F.25 of the electricity distribution licences held by Western Power Distribution Plc (WPD) and to paragraph 7.37 of the ED1 Price Control Financial Handbook (fast-track licensees)

17 Chwefror 2020

Citizens Advice response to Ofgem statutory consultation on proposed modifications to Charge Restriction Condition 3F.25 of the electricity distribution licences held by Western Power Distribution Plc (WPD) and to paragraph 7.37 of the ED1 Price Control Financial Handbook (fast-track licensees) [ 110 kb]

We support the proposals to align the definition of Specified Street Works Costs (‘SSWC’) in Western Power Distribution’s licences with the corresponding definition in the licences of the other Distribution Network Operators (‘DNOs’), and to align the provisions relating to SSWC in the Fast-track Handbook with those in the RIIO-ED1 Price Control Financial Handbook (slow-track licensees). 

We understand that the effect of the changes will be that the definition of SSWC in all of the DNOs’ licences is the same, and the relevant SSWC paragraphs in the fast and slow-track Price Control Financial Handbooks are consistent. It appears reasonable to align the definitions and the SWCC paragraphs in the respective Handbooks as the divergence was created only by inadvertent drafting differences between the fast and slow-track processes.