We recognise the challenges currently facing our connections customers and the need to update the connections application process. As a result, we launched the Connections Reform project to address these challenges and put our customers and stakeholders at the heart of this change.
This reform project forms part of our longer-term vision for change to the connections process. We also have a number of short-term initiatives to speed up connections to the grid, through our five-point plan.
All responses to our Connections Reform consultation are now being reviewed, and we’re working with stakeholder governance groups to refine our final proposals for implementing and transitioning to a new model. You can read the responses in the key documents section.
Final recommendations report
We have published our final recommendations on 5 December 2023. These can be viewed on the key documents tab in the December 2023 Final Recommendations section. We will now start a detailed process design and implementation phase, to conclude in January 2025.
You can Join us on 12 and 14 December to learn more about our final recommendations for Connections Reform. You will be able to join insightful discussions, network with industry experts, and gain valuable insights into the future of Connections Reform. These events will take place in Birmingham on 12 December and online on 14 December.
December 2023 Final Recommendations
Summer 2023 consultation
|Name||Published Sort ascending|
|Consultation launch events Q&A||10 Jul 2023|
|Appendix 4 - Initial Recommendations Overview||12 Jun 2023|
|Appendix 1 - Stakeholder Engagement||12 Jun 2023|
|Appendix 3 - International case studies||12 Jun 2023|
|Connections Reform Summary||12 Jun 2023|
|Appendix 6 - Target Model Add-ons||12 Jun 2023|
|Appendix 2 - Design Criteria Assessment||12 Jun 2023|
|Connections Reform Consultation||12 Jun 2023|
|Appendix 7 - Consultation Questions||12 Jun 2023|
|Appendix 5 - Case Studies||12 Jun 2023|
Summer 2023 consultation responses
|Name||Published Sort ascending|
|Response 65 - Solar Energy UK||18 Oct 2023|
|Response 58 - (SSEND)||18 Oct 2023|
|Response 41 - IB Vogt||18 Oct 2023|
|Response 59 - IGP||18 Oct 2023|
|Response 80 - SEAS||18 Oct 2023|
|Response 21 - INA||4 Sep 2023|
|Response 23 - ADE||4 Sep 2023|
|Response 26 - Banks Group||4 Sep 2023|
|Response 29 - Uniper||4 Sep 2023|
|Response 31 - ABP||4 Sep 2023|
Steering group documents
Consultation launch: summer 2023
Design sprints webinar: spring 2023
|Design sprints documents|
|Connections Reform design sprint outputs - May 2023|
Case for change webinar: winter 2022/23
|Case for change documents|
|Case for change presentation - 12/13 Dec 2022|
|Case for change webinar recording - 10 Jan 2023|
|Case for change FAQs|
Phase 2 enabled us to co-create the solutions to the challenges we identified in Phase 1, through working with industry-wide stakeholder groups to create and test a series of options for implementation. This culminated in the launch of our consultation on our proposals.
Our consultation was live for six weeks between 13 June and 28 July. We would like to thank all of our stakeholders for their feedback which will help to shape the future of the connections process.
All formal Connections Reform consultation responses received are now under review. We are now working with our stakeholder governance groups to establish our final recommendations and refine our proposals on how to implement and transition to a new operating model.
We spent phase 1 gathering stakeholder views to understand the current challenges with the connections application process, and articulated the case for change. We’ve met with over 100 customer, stakeholders and industry participants to hear your views on the current connections process. The case for change report pulls together all that feedback in to one central place.
GB Connections Reform – Case for change report
We have now finished pulling together your feedback for the GB Connections Reform – Case for Change. We’ve met with over 100 customer, stakeholders and industry participants to hear your views on the current connections process.
This report pulls together all that feedback in to one central place to enable us to progress to Phase 2, which will investigate options.
Get in touch
Stakeholder views form a key part of the Connections Reform project. There are a number of ways to get in contact with us, ask us questions and have your say.