This website is about the distribution use of system charges levied by the main electricity distribution network operators in England, Wales and Scotland.
This is an independent website. It is not the official website of the distribution charging methodologies forum (DCMF) or any successor institution.
Distribution use of system charges, also called DUoS charges, are usually paid by electricity suppliers, not by customers. But they end up being recovered from customers in the rates that suppliers offer, since all suppliers have to pay distribution use of system charges.
For larger industrial and commercial customers, many electricity suppliers operate a direct pass-through of the distribution charges, or of specific parts of these charges (for example capacity charges).
The main electricity distribution network operators, also called DNOs, are six private companies (they are not the same as the large electricity supply companies, although there is some overlap).
These six companies operate under licences administered by Ofgem, a department of the UK Government. They run the networks serving most customers, but there are exceptions:
I set up this site in February 2012 to publish some useful non-confidential information that I happen to have on this topic, to market my consultancy business, and for the occasional bit of fun.
This site is a personal project, and any views expressed are mine alone. None of my past or current clients have any responsibility for anything on this site.
DCMF refers to the Distribution Charging Methodologies Forum, an electricity industry talking shop. In the past couple of years the DCMF has grown appendages, including the Methodologies Issues Group (MIG) and technical subgroups. The DCMF has now been replaced with the uglier acronym DCMDG.
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