Investing For The Future

Read our RP6 Business Plan

Read our full RP6 Business Plan or visit our Document Library to read about the stakeholder engagement exercises we carried out.

At NIE Networks we own the electricity transmission and distribution networks in Northern Ireland and are the electricity distribution network operator, serving all 860,000 customers connected to the network.

Our role is:


  • to operate our network of overhead lines, underground cables and substations effectively to ‘keep the lights on’ for our customers;
  • to maintain our network so that it is in a condition to remain safe and reliable;
  • to fix our network if it gets damaged or if it is faulty;
  • to upgrade or extend the existing network to provide additional electricity supplies or capacity to our customers including the development of innovative solutions to manage the increasing level of renewables connections and the uptake of low carbon technologies;
  • to provide electricity meters and provide metering data to suppliers and market operators. This is a key role in enabling wholesale and retail market competition; and
  • to connect customers to the network, both for new electricity supplies and for new electricity generators.

We are a regulated company and our business activities are overseen by the Utility Regulator in Northern Ireland. Our business plan for delivering our services to customers is approved for a number of years ahead in what are called “price control” periods. We are currently operating under the RP5 price control which runs from April 2012 to September 2017.

This business plan sets out the plans we have for the RP6 price control period, which will run from October 2017 to March 2024. It forms part of our detailed submission to the Utility Regulator in June 2016. A detailed review has been carried out by the Utility Regulator and in March 2017 it published its Draft Determination. We responded to the Draft Determination on 19 May 2017.

View NIE Networks' response to the Draft Determination

The Utility Regulator published its Final Determination on 28 June 2017. View the Utility Regulator's Final Determination [link opens in a new window].

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