Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) shall be able to complete self-design approval in the majority of circumstances, as outlined in the table below.
At this time, some market segments have been excluded due to the technical complexity and/or network constraints. We will work with ICPs to develop processes to open these market segments in the future.
|Relevant Market Segment||Self-approval of designs available (Yes/No)||Comments|
|LV demand||Yes*||Subject to restrictions|
|HV demand||Yes*||Subject to restrictions|
|HV/EHV demand||No||Currently due to technical nature, complexity of designs and significant impact on network.|
|EHV/132kV demand||No||Currently due to technical nature, complexity of designs and significant impact on network.|
|DG LV||Yes*||Subject to restrictions|
|DG HV/EHV||No||Currently due to technical nature, complexity of designs and significant impact on network.|
|UMS LA||Yes|| |
|UMS Other||Yes|| |
|UMS PFI||Yes|| |
* Subject to the following restrictions:
- Where Contestable design requires incorporation of a constraint and monitoring scheme
- Diversion of Existing Assets (affecting existing Substation assets)
Please see our process document ESDD-02-021 Guidance for Self-Determination of Point of Connection and Self-Design Approval for Independent Connection Providers. There is a probationary period to be able to complete the self-design approval which is detailed in the above document and in the table of qualifying criteria below.
The self-determined process in full can be seen on the high level process map.
Self-Design Approval Qualifying Criteria
|1||Complete a briefing with SPEN and enter into a probationary period for each RMS category - complete 5 projects in parallel (normal costs apply) and if no issues move to level 2|
|2||ICP fully able to self-approve contestable designs|