When customers have a choice, competing providers are naturally driven to deliver a better service. We continue to work with Ofgem and ICPs to identify and implement further scope of works that can be opened up to competition.
If you have the appropriate NERS accreditation and have been engaged by a
client to deliver their new connections, we can provide you with the necessary
non-contestable services. If you would like to find out more about gaining the necessary accreditation to compete for new connections work, please visit the Lloyds Register Website. Our simple diagram illustrates the high
level process for opening
up the connections market.
The Model Distribution Safety Rules (MDSRs) are available from the Energy Networks Association (ENA) website. Click here.
ICPs/IDNOs own Distribution Safety Rules (DSRs)/Operational Safety Rules (OSRs) are to be sent to the following email address for review: DistributionSafetyRules@sse.com.
A requirement of the Competition in
Connections Code of Practice is that DNOs report annually to demonstrate its
compliance with the Code of Practice as required by Standard Licence
Our annual CinC COP Report for 2017 is available here.
Following feedback from ICPs that would
like to undertake part funded reinforcement works, we have now engaged with
Ofgem and ready to commence our Part Funded Reinforcement trial, starting from 30 March 2018.
The participants of the trial will be appointed on a first come first
served basis, restricted to newly quoted connection projects on or after 30th
For each participating project, a single ICP must carry out the sole use
contestable works in their entirety as well as any associated reinforcement
We will apply a cap over the entire three year period based on the number
of projects per Distribution area or DUoS funded reinforcement costs by Distribution area, whichever occurs first.
If the relevant cap is met within the three year period, no new projects will
be considered under the trial.
For a project to be considered
for the trial, the customer or ICP must already have a standard Connection
Offer which includes DUoS funded reinforcement.
The customer can decide for an ICP to deliver the reinforcement works as
well as the sole use works and must appoint an ICP to deliver this. The
customer can then request a new SLC 15 quote with additional choice for Part
Funded Reinforcement, or ask their appointed ICP to request this new SLC 15
quote on their behalf.
When requested by a customer/ICP, we will issue a new SLC 15 offer
giving the choice between SHEPD/SEPD or
the ICP delivering the PFR. The customer/ICP will need to confirm their
selection on the connection offer acceptance document. For the option of the
ICP delivering the PFR, the quotation will outline:
Once the offer is accepted by the customer/ICP, the ICP will enter into
an Adoption Agreement with us for the Reinforcement Works and Sole Use Works
and will then progress construction in line with our current adoption
On completion of Reinforcement Works and Sole Use Works, a Completion
Certificate will be completed by the ICP and signed by us where it passes
routine inspection and testing requirements. At this point the adoption is
completed and Reinforcement Assets and Sole Use Assets are adopted by us under
the terms of the Adoption Agreement.
Our contribution for Reinforcement Assets will be paid at Energisation
to the Contracting Party who requested the Connection Offer.