The commercial energy market will save £100 million in 2022/23 thanks to MOD 797. Here’s what it all means

The implementation of MOD 797 will cause significant changes in the energy sector after a difficult year

The energy market has faced considerable challenges over the last few months, impacting domestic and commercial energy customers alike. Between suppliers going bust, gas shortages and significant price spikes, the market has been rife with chaos and uncertainty, leaving many wondering what the future holds for their energy supply.

As such, the implementation of MOD 797 is a welcome development in the ongoing energy saga. This effectively means that the non-domestic sector will not share the costs of gas supplier failure in the domestic sector, and vice versa. According to calculations by experts in this area, it is set to save the non-domestic energy market more than £100 million in the coming financial year.

How is MOD 797 changing the energy market?

Since September 2021, 24 energy suppliers have failed. And when a supplier fails, a Supplier of Last Resort (SoLR) is usually appointed by Ofgem. This process applies to both the domestic and non-domestic energy sector. A SoLR is designed to recover costs of supply through a Last Resort Supply Payment (LRPR). These are recovered within the Transportation charges.

Although most of the supplier failures of recent months have occurred in the domestic sector, the cost of gas has not been targeted, meaning that the non-domestic market has been assisting in paying for this, despite not being involved in most of the losses. To put it a different way, businesses have been expected to help shoulder the burden.

But MOD 797 aims to change this.

Existing suppliers have been working to address this with the support of many non-domestic suppliers. By working closely with Ofgem, they have been working to make the necessary changes before the rates for the new financial year are set.

Now that MOD 797 has been implemented, the non-domestic energy market is set to save more than £100 million as a result.

Here are what the charges look like both with and without MOD 797 in place:

No change:

  • Total SoLR claims: £1.8 billion
  • Gas: £0.8 billion
  • Power: £1.0 billion
  • Domestics: £0.7 billion
  • Non-Domestic: £0.1 billion
  • Targeted Recovery: £1.0 billion

With MOD 797 implemented:

  • Total SoLR claims: £1.8 billion
  • Gas: £0.8 billion
  • Power: £1.0 billion
  • Domestics: £0.8 billion
  • Non-Domestic: £0.0 billion
  • Targeted Recovery: £1.0 billion

This marks a welcome development for business energy customers, who are continuing to struggle with the sharp increase in wholesale energy prices in the marketplace.

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