In 2012 Power On Connections, the UK’s leading Independent Connections Provider (ICP) for electricity infrastructure to large commercial, industrial and high rise residential developments, pioneered radical changes to the electricity distribution market resulting in greater choice, faster connections and reduced costs for Construction Managers.
Power On Connections conducted an innovative pilot scheme that eliminated the need for the regional electricity company, or Distribution Network Operator (DNO), to complete the final connection and power up the site.
‘Self-connection’ allows ICPs to locate and make the point of connection for electrical infrastructure, meaning developers and main contractors only have to work with one company from start to finish, thereby avoiding lengthy delays to site schedules and unnecessary paperwork. Power On Connections trialed this scheme on a development in Burnley, Lancashire, completing a low voltage metered live-jointing self-connection. By working closely with the DNO, Electricity North West (ENW), to ensure the connection went smoothly; Power On Connections replaced a large feeder pillar with an unobtrusive link box before completing a live breech joint and live pot end.
The pilot was independently monitored and assessed by Lloyd’s Register, the electricity industry’s auditor, and Power On Connections became the first ICP in the UK to be accredited to carry out self-connection works in the ENW region.
“Allowing ICPs to conduct self-connection works helps to address the imbalance in the electricity market and increase competition with regional DNOs, a target outlined in the Ofgem 2010 Connections Industry Review,” explains Paul Wragg, Operations Manager at Power On Connections.
“Power On Connections has always strived to be at the forefront of the industry and the ENW pilot scheme demonstrated our determination to continually improve service and flexibility whilst also reducing time and costs. Following the successful trial Power On Connections became the first ICP in the UK to gain full Lloyd’s accreditation for 11kv Self-Connection jointing and operational work. ” Paul concluded.