electricity connection works may be provided by Independent Connections
Providers (ICPs) instead of incumbent Distribution Network Operators (DNOs).
In order to enter the market to compete for contestable connection works, an
ICP must gain accreditation under the National Electricity Registration Scheme
(NERS), which is operated by Lloyd’s Register. This scheme ensures that
accredited ICPs have appropriate management systems in place and the required
levels of competence to undertake contestable works that will be adopted by
DNOs. Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks recognises the NERS and will work with any ICP that is registered
on the scheme, to facilitate their delivery of contestable connections works.
We will adopt assets installed by ICPs with the appropriate accreditations,
subject to satisfactory workmanship and the terms of our Adoption Agreements.
ICP can seek accreditation under the categories of project management, design
and/or construction, for some or all of the following scopes of work:
For example if an ICP wishes to compete to
deliver electricity connections for new large housing developments, using their
own workforce, they may seek NERS accreditation under the following categories:
Gaining accreditation is a two stage process.
With assistance from a Lloyd’s Register, an initial gap analysis will help the
ICP identify any deficiencies to be addressed. The Assessor will check that the
ICP has the appropriate management systems, method statements and competencies
in place, and if satisfactory, will award partial accreditation for the
categories and scopes of works being sought. A well prepared ICP can gain
partial accreditation within a period of around six weeks.
With partial accreditation, an ICP can apply to DNOs for non-contestable point
of connection (POC) quotations and compete for contestable connections works.
Upon winning work, the second stage assessment to gain full accreditation is
begun, with site visits undertaken by the Assessor to check that work is being
undertaken in accordance with the systems and methods assessed en route to
partial accreditation. Full accreditation is awarded for the scope of works
that is satisfactorily demonstrated on site.
Depending on the ICP’s level of readiness, the time taken from initial
application to full accreditation can take up to three months.