Select Committee on Innovation, Universities, Science and Skills Written Evidence

Memorandum 86

Supplementary submission from Ofgem

  National Grid are correct that there is now a mechanism in place that allows them to try to prioritise connection requests within a "queue" in a particular transmission zone. But developers have questioned whether National Grid is able to do this in practice as it is very difficult for National Grid to determine whether one particular development is more likely to be able to connect faster than another development. National Grid themselves have acknowledged this and have made proposals to change the arrangements that would require developers to make a larger payment when making a request to help them remove "speculative" applications and help them assess the likelihood that a connection would go ahead. So although some improvements have been made, in Ofgem's view the current arrangements are in practice still largely on the basis of "first come, first served"

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