Ofgem proposes £185m cut in National Grid budget

Energy watchdog Ofgem has proposed cutting National Grid's budget by £185m. Picture: Gareth Fuller/P

Energy watchdog Ofgem has proposed cutting National Grid's budget by £185m. Picture: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire - Credit: PA

Energy regulator Ofgem has put forward plans to slash National Grid's budget by £185.4m.

The watchdog, which sets the amount of money granted to National Grid to look after the UK's gas and electricity networks, said the proposals were part of a mid-period review.

It means Ofgem's allowances for National Grid electricity and gas transmission price controls will fall from £16.9bn to around £16.7bn between 2013 and 2021.

The move includes cutting allowances by £168.8m for gas transmission because it no longer needs to build gas pipelines at Avonmouth.

Ofgem said it would also trim £38.1m from electricity transmission, as less fault protection work is needed due to fewer generators connecting to the high voltage grid.

But it said National Grid would be handed an extra £21.5m to help with its role of managing extra supply and balancing services as the UK moves towards a low carbon economy.

The decision on the proposals will be made in the autumn, with the changes coming into force from April 2018.