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Competition in Connections Code of Practice



In June 2014 Ofgem launched a review of the market for new electricity connections. Following their findings, Ofgem tasked DNOs with developing a Code of Practice in consultation with stakeholders, this was done through the Electricity Networks Association. Ofgem have now approved this Code of Practice on 16th July 2015 with the expected implementation being mid-October.

Under the Code of Practice DNOs will be required to:

  • Reduce the extent to which competitors depend on them for essential services
  • Where the DNO is required to provide these services, it will need to do so on the same basis to both its competitors and its own connections business.
  • Operate to an Ofgem approved Code of Practice setting out a common set of rules to enable competitors to access the market.

This Code of Practice is issued with the intention of helping to reduce the input services required by an ICP/IDNO of Western Power Distribution (WPD). The CoP is intended to continue to evolve under the agreed governance arrangements set in place. In the meantime WPD remain available to discuss requests from interested parties in respect of additions or changes that could continue to facilitate competition and continue to reduce the WPD input services required. In this regard please contact Richard Allcock in the first instance to discuss such proposals.

Richard Allcock
Connection Policy
Pegasus Business Park
Castle Donington
DE74 2TU
rallcock@westernpower.co.uk
01332 827503

The Competition in Connections Code of Practice can be found here.  
  

Competition in Connections Code of Practice Annual Report

Each year, we are required to provide a report to demonstrate our compliance with the Code of Practice for the previous regulatory year.  This year's report and copies from previous years can be found in the table below.
 

2018 Submission
 
2017/18 CiC COP ReportOur 2017/18 Code of Practice report is now available. The table is available to identify key changes from the previous year. The supporting evidence link contains the appendix referred to in the main document. 
2017/18 Supporting Evidence
2017 Submission
2016/17 CiC COP ReportOur 2016/17 Code of Practice report is our first full year report since implementation. A table is available at the start of the document to identify key changes from the previous year. The supporting evidence link contains the appendices referred to in the main report. 
2016/17 Supporting Evidence
2015/16 Code of Practice Report
 
2015/16 CiC COP ReportAs the Code of Practice was implemented in October 2015, our report for 2015/16 is for the period October 2015 to March 2016. The supporting evidence link contains the appendices referred to in the main report. 
2015/16 Supporting Evidence

 

Competition in Connections Governance


The Competitions in Connections Code of Practice was approved by Ofgem in June 2015, following executive consultation. It includes arrangements to make changes, so that it can evolve over time. This included the establishment of an industry panel to oversee those changes.

Competition in Connections Governance can be found here.