We are publishing our decision on licence modifications pursuant to the GD23 Final
Determination and to other regulatory decisions following our consultation on proposed
modifications. GD23 is the price control for the gas distribution companies Phoenix Natural
Gas Ltd (PNGL), Firmus Energy (FE) and SGN Natural Gas Limited (SGN) for the six years
from 2023 onwards.
The GD23 Final Determination sets the amount the gas distribution companies will have to
run their businesses and invest in the gas network. Licence modifications are required to
bring the price control into effect.
Furthermore, we are making additional licence modifications that are consequential on other
decision papers published by the Authority or required to address some inconsistencies
between the licences held by the GDNs.
We have consulted on all proposed licence modifications in order preserve the right of licence
holders and stakeholders to challenge our price control decisions to allow consideration of
responses before making a final decision on licence modifications to bring them into effect.
Our consultation period ended on 25th November 2022 and this paper represents our
decisions following consideration of the responses received. The licence modifications
outlined in this decision paper will apply with effect from 1 January 2023.
The licensees affected, other regulated companies in the energy industry, government, other
statutory bodies and consumer groups with an interest in the energy industry.
The GD23 Final Determination sets out the allowed distribution charges for the gas
distribution companies as well as a range of measures designed to increase the number of
consumers that can connect to the natural gas network and improve customer service for
natural gas customers. The proposed licence modifications will serve to bring this package
into effect. In addition, we are making further licence modifications which will serve to apply
best regulatory practice and ensure ongoing focus of the GDNs on the development of their
networks as well as, where relevant and appropriate, equality in the treatment of licence