Revised SONI Regulatory Instructions and Guidance decisions published

Published date19 January 2023
Energy SectorElectricity Networks
Revised SONI RIGs
Guidance Decision
Decision Paper
20 January 2023
About the Utility Regulator
The Utility Regulator (UR) is the independent non-ministerial government department
responsible for regulating Northern Ireland’s electricity, gas, water and sewerage industries, to
promote the short and long-term interests of consumers.
We are not a policy-making department of government, but we make sure that the energy and
water utility industries in Northern Ireland are regulated and developed within ministerial policy
as set out in our statutory duties.
We are governed by a Board of Directors and are accountable to the Northern Ireland
Assembly through financial and annual reporting obligations.
We are based at Queens House in the centre of Belfast. The Chief Executive leads a
management team of directors representing each of the key functional areas in the
organisation: Corporate Affairs, Markets and Networks. The staff team includes economists,
engineers, accountants, utility specialists, legal advisors and administration professionals.
Consumer impact
Today we publish our decisions regarding the revision of the annual reporting requirements for SONI.
The guidance requires updating to reflect changes made in the 2020-25 SONI price control final
determination. Additional reporting will also aid transparency of understanding with respect to
movement in SONI’s cost base.
This document sets out the decisions for the Regulatory Instructions and Guidance (RIGs) for the
annual reporting of electricity transmission system operator (TSO) costs and outputs. It details the
changes from the existing guidance, consultation feedback and the UR final decision.
This document will be of interest to SONI, its customers, consumers and other stakeholders.
Annual reporting has been a part of the regulatory framework for SONI for a number of years. These
RIGs provide a framework for the UR to collect consistent information from SONI on an annual basis.
This information will help monitor SONI’s performance and, over time, will provide a bank of data that
will inform SONI’s subsequent price controls.

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