Connections Stakeholder Information

Welcome to SP Energy Networks’ stakeholder information page. You can download our latest Newsletter by clicking here or to receive regular updates please email gettingconnectedupdate@spenergynetworks.co.uk.  Information about our District Days and Stakeholder Panels can be found below, or you can find information about our new district model here.      


Connections Service Improvement Survey

We are continually striving to improve how we ‘get you connected’ and the service that we provide.

Your feedback is essential so that we can focus and identify the areas where we need to make improvements.  Our improvement survey should only take 5 minutes to complete and contains only few key questions that we would like your views on.

Please click here.


Incentive on Connections Engagement (ICE) Submission 2016 / 2017

Connecting customers to the electricity network delivers benefits both to individual customers and to society however the needs of large, commercial connection customers are often different to the needs of smaller, domestic Connections. Ofgem, (our Regulator) introduced Incentive on Connections Engagement (ICE) to drive electricity distribution network operators (such as SP Energy Networks) to understand and meet the needs of these types of larger customers.

Each year we publish a detailed work plan that is developed by working closely with our stakeholders. You can view details of our commitments for 2016/17 and take a look back at the progress that has been achieved, by clicking the link below.

We’re keen to ensure we continue to understand the needs of our connections customers and welcome feedback on all aspects of our work plan. Please contact us at gettingconnectedupdate@spenergynetworks.com


Electrical Energy Storage (EES) – A Supplementary Connection Guide

This document is aimed at Developers who are seeking to connect an Electrical Energy Storage (EES) system to our network.  This includes both first-time Developers and Developers who may have previously made applications to us for the connection of Generation, such as wind or solar PV.  This document aims to provide supplementary information which relates specifically to EES, describing how energy storage differs from Generation (and Demand) specifically in the context of the technical and commercial requirements of its connection to our network.


Consultation on: The minimum information required when making a Connections Application

We are committed to making it easy for you to make an application for connection to our network and for this process to be as simple as possible.  We have been undertaking a review of the information that we need when we receive a new application and we have decided to open this consultation to understand our customers/stakeholders views.

To provide your feedback, simply click on the links contained in our Consultation document called ‘providing your feedback’ and complete the short survey.

Click here to open the Consultation Document.

Consultation Period
Opens from: 15th of September 2015
Closes on:  15th of October 2015


Consultation on Pricing Policy

We are keen to consult with you with regards to our Payment Terms that we offer for those who are seeking a load or Distributed Generation connection.  In order to be offered payment terms, projects must meet certain criteria.  We want to ensure that these terms are ‘fit for purpose’ and we would welcome your comments on key elements of our Payment Terms Policy.

Click here to open the Consultation Document

Consultation Period
Opens from:      30th September 2015
Closes on:         11th November 2015

 


Consultation on Queue Management 

The management of contracted capacity and treatment of stalled projects has quickly become one of the biggest issues we face. As a consequence, opportunities for consented sites to progress can be delayed and, in some cases, increased connection costs through additional network reinforcements can occur. Working with SP Transmission we have reviewed alternative means of managing contracted capacity queues. Our focus being to develop equitable processes which give opportunities to connect to those projects able to advance whilst acknowledging that termination of contracts is not always the right approach for those projects that have stalled. We would very much welcome your views on our proposals

Click here to open the Consultation Document.
Click here to open the Response Form.

Consultation Period
Opens from:      16th February 2016
Closes on:         16th March 2016


SP Energy Networks (SPEN) Queue Management Policy

The management of contracted capacity and treatment of stalled projects has quickly become one of the biggest issues we face. As a consequence, opportunities for consented sites to progress can be delayed and, in some cases, increased connection costs through additional network reinforcements can occur.

Over the past year, we have been working closely with SP Transmission to develop alternative means of managing contracted capacity queues. Our focus being to develop an equitable process which will give opportunities to connect to those projects that are able to advance. Having consulted and engaged extensively on our proposals, we have now concluded our work and finalised our Queue Management Policy, which will take effect from 1st January 2016.

Click here to open the SPEN Queue Management Policy


Events Calendar

We engage with our stakeholders and customers throughout the year in a variety of events and workshops across our licence areas, feeding back information and progress on our stakeholder and customer challenges, encouraging you to speak to us about any specific issues that you might have such as; constraint on our networks, land rights processes, technical information, network questions to resolve commercial, process and technical issues.  The dates for 2016 are available by clicking here.

 


Connections Stakeholder Panel

Our Stakeholder panel brings together a group of key stakeholders to help us review, and redesign if necessary, the way in which we manage new connections to our network. We hope that this will bring challenge, new ideas and understanding to mutual benefit.

The aim of the stakeholder working group is to:

  • Build our understanding of stakeholder needs and perspectives
  • Act as a ‘sounding board’ and generator of new ideas and opportunities for collaboration
  • Influence our plans and improvements
  • Inform how we monitor and evaluate progress

We feel it is important that the panel is made up of a cross-sectional population of our Stakeholders. It is essential that the members represent a wide range of key stakeholder group, thereby reflecting the differing needs of our Connections customers

The  SP Energy Networks Stakeholder Connection Panel members include:

North Panel Members

North Panel Members

Allan Cunningham, Morrison Construction
Bob Weaver, PowerCon (UK) Ltd
George Dow, Mactaggart and Mickel
Martin Reilly, Hawthorne Boyle
Stephen Phimister, TUV SUD Ltd

South Panel Members

South Panel Members

Arwel Lloyd, UCML, Director
Steve Roberts, Sainsbury’s
Jody Bullock, UPL
Paul Williams, Bellway Homes
Frank Welsh, Peel Utilities
Ian Mowatt, Anglesey Council/Energy Island Programme
Marco Campolucci-Bordi, Green Switch Solutions

Stakeholder Panel Minutes

Stakeholder Panel Minutes