It has been identified that a new offer product is necessary to enable resource to be dedicated towards a rationalisation of the contracted background. For more information on the measures being taken to improve the connections process, visit this page: https://www.nationalgrideso.com/industry-information/connections/what-are-we-doing-now-our-five-point-plan
From the 1 March 2023, projects began to be provided with an offer in two parts.
The first part of the offer secures the projects place in the TEC queue. The customer can also provide their preferred connection location. However, this location is subject to change according to the application process and will not be firmed up until the second offer is finalised.
The second part of the offer provides the project with full engineering detail, considering any new planning assumptions in terms of grid upgrades and reinforcements, and the change in approach to batteries..
From 27 November 2023, any new application will be given a full connection offer (as per the licenced process).
NGET and ESO are currently working together to produce the second step offers for all customers that currently hold a signed step one offer. These will be sent to customers by the end of February 2024, meeting the target set by Ofgem of 1 March 2024.
For more information, visit: https://www.nationalgrideso.com/industry-information/connections/two-step-offer-process