For connections provided under Competition in Connections, each host DNO has a connection process to ensure that connections are made to the required standards and within the time frames specified by the regulator. Powersystems UK Ltd can help you with the initial contact with the DNO, where various options (see below) are available. We can assist in this process and submit the application on your behalf.
- This option is available for both demand and generation applications and is the best route to gauge whether your project is viable.
Full / formal applications
- This option is available for both demand and generation applications and is best if you are already have a viable scheme.
For both of the above options we will prepare and submit the necessary paperwork directly to the DNO. Once an offer is received back from them we will quote you for any required contestable / private works. If we are successful in our bid, our teams of professionals will then manage your project from start to finish.
The actual working process is as follows:
1. Apply for Point of Connection(POC) and non-contestable charges
In order for the host DNO to provide a POC to their existing distribution system, a site plan of the development and the required loadings of the proposed buildings or generation capacity will be required.
2. Offer of POC and Non-contestable Charges Made by the DNO
The DNO will provide a POC and non-contestable charges (calculated as per their Charging Methodology Statement – condition 4) which should be received within the following timeframes:
Budget application 20 working days
Full / formal application 11kV 50 working days
Full / formal application 33kV 65 working days
3. Contestable Works Quotation
From the POC information provided by the DNO, Powersystems UK Ltd will prepare a quotation for the associated contestable works. The sum of this and the non-contestable works (provided by the DNO) will then give you the total connection cost for your project.
4. Acceptance of Contestable & Non-contestable Quotations
The non-contestable offer from the DNO is accepted and the charges paid by yourselves. Powersystems UK Ltd will then prepare a connection design ready for approval by the DNO.
5. Design Approval
Once the non-contestable charges have been paid, the DNO will approve our connection design. They are obliged to do so within 10 days of submission.
6. Adoption agreement
Some DNO’s will produce an Adoption Agreement/Connection Agreement – this is an agreement between you, Powersystems UK and the DNO and applies where any contestable work is undertaken by someone other than the DNO. It states the terms and conditions under which the DNO will adopt the new connection and details obligations, specifications, indemnities, liabilities and insurance arrangements.
7. Procurement of connection assets
With the design approved, Powersystems UK Ltd will procure the approved equipment required and prepare for the connection construction phase.
8. Construction of Connection
The connection is constructed by Powersystems UK Ltd to the host DNO’s technical standards. The DNO will carry out regular inspections to ensure compliance.
9. Testing & Commissioning
Powersystems UK Ltd will test and commission the connection. The documentation will then be forwarded to the DNO. A date for connection to the network will then be requested.
10. Final Connection
The DNO will carry out the final connection to the site. This will be within 20 days of receipt of the connection request.