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  • Connections Information - Competition in Connections – You have a choice

    If you need a new connection in an area where we own the electricity network, did you know you have a choice?

  • If you need a new connection in an area where we own the electricity network, did you know you have a choice?


     Just because we own the network doesn’t mean you have to accept a quotation from us. There are other companies out there who can carry out many aspects of the work. Competition gives you a choice and keeps us on our game making sure we deliver the best possible service for you. You can now compare prices and service levels to decide which company is best for you.  

    Your choices

    Other companies who provide a connections service are known as Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) or Independent Distribution Network Operators (IDNOs). 

  • Know your Facts

    Download our ‘You have a choice’ factsheet

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  • Find an ICP/IDNO near you

    Use our register of alternative providers, which lists all ICPs/IDNOs who have registered as active in our area

    Find out more
  • Lloyds Register

    Use the industry-wide Lloyds register which lists active ICPs and IDNOs across the UK

    Find out more
  • What work can ICP/IDNOs do?

    ICPs and IDNOs can carry out most aspects of the work needed to build and operate a new network. This includes: 


    ◦Designing your connection and the new network that needs to connect to our existing network.


    ◦Laying and connecting underground electricity cables.


    ◦Building substations and transformer buildings.


    ◦Installing electrical switches and transformers.


    ◦Moving existing cables on your land for a new connections project.


    ◦Operate the new network once it is built.


    ◦Identify their own Point of Connection (POC) onto our existing network (Generation Connections exempt).


    ◦Approve their own designs for the new connections (Generation Connections exempt).


    ◦Make their own final connection onto our existing network.

    Network choices diagram

    How we work together

    We provide them with all the information they need about our network. If the ICP or IDNO doesn’t wish to, or cannot, carry out the works, we can do so for your project.


    Many companies will work with us on your behalf so you still deal with one company. Some companies will carry out the whole job for you - planning, designing and building the network themselves. Others will project manage the work and use suitable sub-contractors to build the network

    Your quotation

    When you receive your quotation / connection offer from us it will provide you with 2 options:


    ◦You can accept for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks to carry out all ‘All works’ required for your connection; or
    ◦You can accept for Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks to carry out the ‘Non-contestable works only’.


    If you choose us to carry out ‘All works’ or ‘Non-contestable works only’, you should return your signed quotation / connection Acceptance (where required), with the appropriate payment. Our team will contact you to explain the next steps. 
    If you have chosen ‘Non-contestable works only’, you will need to appoint an ICP/IDNO to carry out the contestable works. 

    What happens next

    Once the work for your new connection is complete, it will be linked to our existing network. This means we will need to assess how your project will affect our network to ensure your POC and design will work for all and to carry out any work needed on our network. This is known as non-contestable work.