We are accredited to deal with contestable connections with the Lloyds Register NERS scheme.Each host DNO has a connection process to make sure that connections are made to the right standards and within timeframes specified by the regulator. Customers can typically expect to follow this process:
1 Apply for Point of Connection (POC) and non-contestable charges.
We can take care of this for you – it involves drawing up a site plan of the development detailing the required loadings of proposed buildings or generation capacity. This plan must then be sent as an application to the DNO, in order that they can provide a Point of Connection.
2) DNO makes an offer of POC and non-contestable charges
The DNO will provide a POC and non-contestable charges. The timeframe for these (as set out by Ofgem) is:
Simple connection – 5 Days
Complex connection – 30 Days
Complicated connection – 50 Days
The non-contestable charges are calculated as per the DNOs condition 4 charging methodology statement.
3) Quote for contestable works
We will them prepare a quote using the information provided.
The sum of the non-contestable and contestable works then gives you the total connection cost.
4) Place order for contestable works
When you have placed the order for the contestable works, MES will then design a connection plan for approval by the DNO.
5) Accept and pay for non-contestable costs from DNO
6) Design approval by DNO
Once the non-contestable charges have been paid the DNO will approve MES’s connection design. They are obliged to do this with 10 days.
7) Adoption agreement issued and signed
The DNO will produce an adoption agreement that requires signatures from MES and the DNO. It is a standard document that lays out the process for adoption and connection of the asset constructed by MES. In some cases the customer will also be required to sign it.
8) Procurement of connection assets
Once the design is approved, MES will procure the approved equipment and prepare for the connection construction phase.
9) Construction of installation
MES will then begin the installation to the host DNOs technical standards. The DNO will carry out regular inspections to ensure compliance.
10) Testing and commissioning
We test and commission the installation before forwarding the documentation to the DNO and requesting a connection date.
11) Final connection to DNO network.
The DNO has to connect the site within 10-20 days of the connection request being made. This completes energisation.