DUoS charges (DCP161, DCP228)

Amendments are planned to the Distribution Use of System charges (DUoS) known as DCP228 and DCP161.

On 1st April 2018 the organisations that are responsible for the distribution of electricity also known as Distribution Network Operators (DNO’s) implemented two new policies. The main aim of these policies was to re-distribute charges associated with the distribution of electricity so that they were more reflective and accurate. This re-distribution was  achieved through DCP228 and DCP161.

DCP228 will see all time band rates increasing, with amber and green increasing the most. Based on our customers, we estimate that high voltage businesses could see an increase of around 65% on their unit rates during these time bands in comparison with their current consumption pattern and DUoS charges.

DCP161 will deal with the issue of companies going over their agreed capacity. With this modification DNO’s will now be able to apply severe penalties, in most cases companies that exceed their agreed amount will be charged double for it.