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Energy Supply

Energy and Climate Change written question – answered on 19th June 2012.

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Photo of Tom Greatrex Tom Greatrex Shadow Minister (Energy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change what assessment he has made of the effect of the implementation of provisions of the draft Energy Bill on the workload of (a) Ofgem and (b) the National Grid.

Photo of Charles Hendry Charles Hendry The Minister of State, Department of Energy and Climate Change

Ofgem will play an important role in the implementation of the reforms. As an independent regulator, it is for Ofgem to plan its workload and resourcing.

The precise role of the system operator, National Grid, in delivering Electricity Market Reform will be defined as my Department designs the detail of the EMR mechanisms. It is difficult at this point in time to determine the impact on National Grid's workload.

The Department continues to work with both Ofgem and National Grid to ensure that staff, resources and infrastructure are in place for introduction of the reforms in 2014. A key objective is to ensure value for money for consumers.

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