WPD tops Ofgem’s stakeholder incentive scheme

Western Power Distribution has strengthened its place at the top of the industry table for stakeholder engagement and customer vulnerability in the annual Ofgem incentive.

WPD tops Ofgem’s stakeholder incentive scheme

The company has extended its lead over second placed Northern Powergrid making it seven years running at number one.

The Ofgem Stakeholder Engagement and Customer Vulnerability Incentive is designed to encourage electricity and gas network and transmission operators to proactively engage effectively with stakeholders and deliver a socially responsible and inclusive service. The reward is based upon the assessment of three submitted written documents covering the strategy and resulting outcomes that evidence how the company is collaborating with stakeholders to achieve positive results. A thorough, independent audit is completed and the process culminates in an Ofgem panel interview.

WPD were able to demonstrate that engagement led to 195 positive individual outcomes for customers, including the development of new actions such as the horizon scanning of existing vulnerable customer services which led to 29 new Priority Services Register partners, and website updates to simplify connections applications and improve accessibility.

The company’s score increased this year to 8.75 out of 10, increasing the gap between them and Northern Powergrid in second place. The result has generated a reward to the company of around £6.94 million.

Alex Wilkes (pictured), WPD stakeholder engagement manager, said: “To maintain and extend our lead is a fantastic achievement. We are absolutely thrilled with the result, which is thanks to the hard work from everyone across the business.”


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