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A future vision created together with customers, delivered by us.

We support competition in electricity distribution wherever it can deliver benefits for customers. In our sector, we have already seen a number of areas opened up to wider competition, including connections, metering and the introduction of Independent Distribution Network Operators. We will continue to explore, beyond traditional solutions, ways to minimise cost through innovation and digitalisation, exploring multiple options, facilitating non-network solutions and competition.

This chapter explains the different types of competition and our approach to it.


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The three types of competition:

Native competition

Competition run by

Distribution Network

Operators (DNOs)

within their

price control

Early competition

Competition that

occurs prior

to the detailed

design phases

of a large project.

Late competition

a decision is made

later on in a project



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