Tom
Faulkner

Head of Networks

Phone: +44 (0)1603 542123
Email: t.faulkner@cornwall-insight.com

Tom is the Head of Networks, focusing on wholesale markets, code governance and electricity networks. He also helps to deliver our monthly non-domestic Energy Supplier Forum and green generators forum as well as presenting on several of our training courses. Tom authors our monthly generator impact report and regularly writes alerts and content for Energy Spectrum.

Prior to joining Cornwall Insight in June 2019, Tom graduated from UEA with an MSc in Environmental Sciences, with his masters’ research project focusing on how energy companies are preparing for Brexit.

Latest thinking

Energy storage and flexibility

Network charging – what’s been going on and why should I care?

Across Great Britain there are ~810,000km of wires and underground cables that make up our electricity network. Split between the higher voltage, transmission system and the lower voltage distribution system, these lines and cables are responsible for transporting electrons up and down the country to provide consumers with the necessary...

Home supply and services

What is the Market Stabilisation Charge?

The Market Stabilisation Charge (MSC) requires all domestic suppliers acquiring a customer to make a payment to the supplier that is losing the customer. The charge applies to all switches, so suppliers are not obliged to inform competitors which tariff the consumer switched to or from. It is comprised of...

Business supply and services

Re-balancing the balancing costs –BSUoS charges to be levied solely on suppliers from April 2023

Balancing the electricity system costs money. National Grid in its role as Electricity System Operator (ESO) takes actions in every half hour to achieve the remarkable feat of keeping supply and demand finely balanced on our national electricity system – maintaining a system which runs between 49.8 and 50.2Hz with...

Power and gas networks

New Fault Ride Through compliance arrangements introduced for transmission-connected generators

Ofgem approved Workgroup Alternative Grid Code Modification 1 (WAGCM1) of GC0151 Grid Code Compliance with Fault Ride Through (FRT) Requirements on 5 November. In short, this decision introduces a new, legal process, into the Grid Code – the legal text that governs those connecting to the electricity transmission system -...

Regulation and policy

Just the bill please – who picks up the costs of market exits?

This article is an extract from our Energy Spectrum Nutwood. find out more about a subscription to Energy Spectrum here. Between 9 August 2021 and 19 November 2021, 22 energy suppliers exited the market impacting more than 2mn mainly domestic customers. Supplier exits result in a number of costs being...

Regulation and policy

Answers to some FAQs about Brexit

Following the end of the transition period on 31 December 2020 and the signing of the Trade and Cooperation Agreement, aspects of the relationship between UK and the EU in respect of the arrangements for energy trading and cooperation have changed. We set out answers to some Frequently Asked Questions...

Regulation and policy

Back to the Future: long term vulnerability outcomes

100 days have passed since the UK was placed into lockdown and, as the government looks to continue easing of restrictions, it’s worth reflecting on where we’ve been and start looking ahead to where we’re going. Thanks to papers from Citizens Advice and National Energy Action (NEA) we now have...

Regulation and policy

Building foundations: Improving outcomes for vulnerable customers now and in the future

The standards of conduct in the electricity and gas supply licences set out that suppliers must ensure that “each Domestic Customer, including each Domestic Customer in a Vulnerable Situation, is treated Fairly”. This licence condition is principles-based and so exactly how each supplier interprets it is up to them. Although,...