Update on the Electricity System Operator’s Early Competition Plan

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In our May 2019 RIIO-2 Sector Specific Methodology Decision (SSMD), we requested that the Electricity System Operator (ESO) work on an Early Competition Plan alongside its RIIO-2 Business Plan. As part of this decision we provided our minimum expectations as to what this plan should include.

Our September 2019 open letter addressed our expectations of this work, including timelines and what is to be included. Phase 1 of the process ran from September to December 2019 and Phase 2 commenced in January 2020, targeting completion in February 2021.

This document summarises our objectives for early competition, provides a update following on from the ESO publishing Phase 1 of its Early Competition Plan, and provides a high level overview of the interactions between this work and the RIIO2 price control processes.