Did you know you have a choice?
If you are developing a housing, commercial or industrial site project, we can provide estimates and quotations for new or existing connections. If you wish, you can seek alternative estimates or quotations from Independent Connections Providers (ICPs).
You have a few options when planning to connect your properties to our network:
- A budget estimate will give a rough idea of likely charges to provide the connections you need, considering the extension works to our existing network. An indication of the likely need for upgrades on the existing network would be given, but without the associated costs.
- A feasibility study will provide an accurate statement of the charges we would make to provide the connections you require.
- We can also provide a range of costs for the different options you may have if you have not yet fully defined the scope of your project. However, we charge a fee to cover our costs in undertaking a feasibility study.
- A formal quotation is an offer to provide the connections you require, detailing our charges to carry out the works, this is appropriate if you are in a position to accept our offer and proceed with your project.
Connecting to our network
Information we require
- Description of works required and how much electricity you're expecting to use
- Your contact details
- Address and postcode of your site
- How will you be heating your property?
- A plan showing the site location and layout, showing the properties that need to be connected and meter positions.
- Parties for correspondence
- Letter of Authority - For all metered and generation connection applications (excluding budget and feasibility study requests), where an applicant is not the landowner or occupier, we require a letter of authority to be submitted at the application stage.
Information we'll need to check
- Any additional or abnormal electricity loads (heat pumps, swimming pools etc.)
- Dates of when you're ready for the works to be completed
- Land ownership details (specifically land you own and where your boundary ends) as your connection may require land consent.
- Details of any microgeneration you're looking to install if applicable (solar panels for example)
- If you require any unmetered connections within your application, please let us know, as we’ll need to know how many new services are being added and this needs to be shown on the plan. For more information, please visit our Unmetered Connections page.
Novation / Assignation
Throughout the development and build of your project, you may require the rights and obligations of your connection offer to be transferred to a third party. In order to achieve this, a legal document is required to capture the details and permissions of all parties involved. This document is known as a Novation (SEPD - England & Wales) or Assignation (SHEPD - Scotland) and must be completed by all parties. We have created a guide and template documents to Novation’s & Assignations that can be found below. Please note, the documents are not complete until we agree and sign each of the three copies.
Let us know your details, and we can share your information with subscribed third parties who are seeking connection to the same substation with the aim of sharing any reinforcement costs.
A Building Network Operator is a term used to describe an organisation that owns or operates the electricity distribution network within a multi-occupancy building between the intake cut out position (our first point of
isolation) and the customer’s installation.
Download our Building network operator guide for more information on your responsibilities and how the system works.
Our easy-to-use calculator will help you determine how much electricity you need to apply for.