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"