Regulatory Affairs Overview

Gas Networks Ireland’s day-to-day operations are delivered by ten core Business Functions. 

Regulatory Affairs is responsible for the regulation of infrastructure and market activities, ensuring that Gas Networks Ireland delivers a reliable and safe system at a fair cost to gas customers.

Gas Networks Ireland - 10 Business Functions

GNIBusiness Function
Asset Management1
Asset Operations1
Finance1
IT1
HSQE1
Regulatory Affairs1
Technical Competency1
Commercial1
Legal1
HR Resource Planning / Learning & Dev1

The role of Regulatory Affairs in Gas Networks Ireland includes:

  • Managing the day-to-day relationships with gas shippers and suppliers and provide support to them on the operation of the retail and wholesale gas markets;
  • Facilitating the ongoing development of the retail and wholesale gas markets in Ireland in compliance with the National and European regulatory frameworks;
  • Overseeing and ensuring representation of Gas Networks Ireland & GNI (UK) at European fora and institutions;
  • Monitoring compliance with Gas Networks Ireland’s regulatory and licence obligations and advising management accordingly; and
  • Actively managing and seeking to prevent the theft of gas in the interests of safety.

Regulatory Affairs - 7 Areas of Business Delivery

  • Change of Shipper / GPRO
  • FAR / PM
  • Licence Compliance
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Code of Operations / Market Change
  • European Affairs
  • Shipper Client Services

Regulatory Affairs provides services to a wide range of stakeholders. Business delivery is divided into two key areas:

1. Regulatory Framework, comprising:

  • European Affairs
  • Regulatory Affairs
  • Wholesale Market

2. Regulatory Operations, comprising:

  • Retail Projects
  • Regulatory & Customer Operations
  • Gas Point Registration
  • Shipper Services
  • Meter Data Services (MDS)

Regulatory Framework

- European Affairs

The European Affairs team works with a wide range of stakeholders, including EU Associations, Regulators, Transmission System Operators (TSOs), Distribution System Operators (DSOs), Government Departments, Policy Makers and within the GNI business on the following:

Advocate for Policy change

  • Ensure Gas Networks Ireland has developed a clear standpoint on EU policy which aligns with and supports the company strategy.
  • Monitor and input into EU Associations and their working groups.

Deliver on strategy and strengthen influence

  • Articulate Gas Networks Ireland’s strategic positions at EU level and National level.
  • Input into National/EU consultations which impact policy development.
  • Increase influence/credibility with key EU stakeholders e.g. ENTSOG/ GIE/ Eurogas etc.
  • Proactively monitor and input into key studies and the gas legislative process.

Ensure compliance

  • Influence the direction of and deliver full compliance with National and EU legislation.

Useful links:

Contact us:

E: EuropeanAffairs@gasnetworks.ie
T: +353 21 453 4467

Regulatory Framework

- Regulatory Affairs

Gas Networks Ireland’s Regulatory Affairs team leads on the interaction with Regulatory Authorities and Government Departments on matters including Regulatory Compliance and Gas Networks Ireland’s Brexit-readiness.

Regulatory Affairs areas of responsibility include:

  • Lead Gas Networks Ireland’s interaction with Regulatory Authorities in the Republic of Ireland (RoI), Northern Ireland (NI) and GB.
  • Manage all regulatory contracts e.g. Interconnection and Transportations Agreements.
  • Respond to all relevant consultations in conjunction with other Gas Networks Ireland departments.

Licence Compliance

  • Ensure compliance with all Licence obligations with ownership of specific conditions assigned to relevant personnel in Gas Networks Ireland.
  • Identify and address all licence compliance issues and lead engagement with Regulatory Authorities on any changes to these Licences.

Brexit

  • Liaise with key stakeholders in relation to Brexit, most notably neighbouring Transmission System Operators (TSOs), Government Departments and Regulators and gas shippers.
  • Ensure that Gas Networks Ireland and GNI (UK) are Brexit ready.

Useful Links:

Contact us:

E: compliance@gasnetworks.ie
E: Aine.Spillane@gasnetworks.ie
T: +353 21 453 4229
 

Regulatory Framework

- Wholesale Market

The Wholesale Market Team is responsible for the development and operation of the rules governing Gas Transportation in Ireland.

Wholesale Market areas of responsibility include:

  • The Code of Operations – implementing changes required by Irish market participants as well as EU and National legislative requirements.
  • The Code Modification Forum (the wholesale industry forum comprising Shippers, Producers, the CRU and other parties).
  • Gas Networks Ireland’s Data Transparency Portal (which provides near real time data on physical and commercial flows in our network).
  • Being advocates for Shippers in all industry fora as well as internally in Gas Networks Ireland.

Useful Links:

Contact us:

E: marketdevelopment@gasnetworks.ie
T: +353 21 453 4412