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Self Determination of Point of Connection

Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) shall be able to self-determine the Point of Connection (POC) 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 which result in a high incidence of interactive POCs having to be managed. 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 Impacted by a high level of interactivity
UMS LA Yes  
UMS Other Yes  
UMS PFI Yes  

*Subject to the following restrictions:

  • Where the requirement for reinforcement is identified
  • There exists interactivity with other quotations 

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-determination which is detailed in the above document and in the table of qualifying criteria below

Self Determine POC Qualifying Criteria

Level 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-determine POC

Please see our Standard Design Matrix which supports the guidance provided within ESDD-02-021.