OFGEM encourages competition in areas where this can make a positive difference for customers. This should mean that customers connecting to the network get fairer prices and better service.
There are two categories of work when providing new electrical utility connections:
Contestable works have emerged in response to the introduction of competition into the UK electrical distribution network. The benefits of using UKPS to complete contestable works include faster delivery, flexibility and cost-effectiveness. This gives our customer more choice and greater control over their new connection process. At UKPS we will project manage both the contestable and non-contestable elements of a new connection to provide our customers with a complete connection solution.
Below is a brief summary of which works are categorised as contestable and non-contestable:
Electrical Design of Distribution Networks
Civil Works including site preparation, excavation
Certain elements of existing network diversions
In some cases final connection to the existing distribution network.
Processing the “Non-Contestable” application
Determining the Point of Connection*
Design Approval of the network*
Inspection of the “Contestable” works during construction
Disconnection and removal of existing supplies
Administration costs associate with network adoption
Obtaining statutory wayleaves
For larger HV* and EHV jobs, the final testing and connection to the electricity network.
* OFGEM, through The Competition in Connections Code of Practice defines, amongst other things, the extent of Non-Contestable works. We envisage that UKPS will be able to undertake aspects of the work here marked with an asterisk in the future.