The connections process - step by step
1. Understand the type and scope of your project
This will include details such as generation or demand, location, size and Tx or Dx (when this applies).
2. Schedule a pre-application meeting or get in touch with our Connections team
We’ll go through your project plan with you and provide you with all the details you’ll need to submit an application to connect to the grid.
We’ll also give you an idea of the works that need to be carried out to connect you as well a rough connection date.
Depending on the type of project you’re planning, the relevant local distribution network operator and Transmission Owner may also attend the pre-application meeting.
3. Submit your application to us
Submit Application form
Submit DRC form
Pay the application fee
4. Your Transmission Owner carries out initial technical competency checks on the project
Once Transmission Owner comes back and declares that the project is competent, and the application fee is paid, you will receive your offer within 3 months.
5. A kick off meeting between National Grid ESO and your Transmission Owner takes place
This is a discussion about what you’ve requested in your application, what system studies will be required to achieve it and the timescales.
6. Your Transmission Owner conducts system studies
This is to assess the available connection options and determine the required system reinforcement works that need to happen in order to connect you.
7. Your offer
Working hand in hand with your Transmission Owner, a Connection Offer is then created.
This contains all the information related to your project, such as the works that need to be carried out and charges for using the National Electricity Transmission System (NETS).
Don’t worry, you’ll have 3 months to address queries and iron out any issues.
8. Security payments
Once the offer is signed, you will need to pay for a portion of the works to be carried out to enable the connection, in the event the contract is terminated at a later date.
More guidance on security payments can be found here.