Competition in connections

We encourage competition in areas where this can make a positive difference for customers. The provision of new and modified connections to the gas networks is a competitive area.

Utility Infrastructure Providers (UIPs) and licensed Independent Gas Transporters (IGTs) can compete with Gas Distribution Networks (GDNs) to complete some connection activities.

Historically, competition in the gas connections market is stronger than in the electricity connections market. Over half of new and modified gas connections are carried out by non GDNs.

GDNs and IGTs must meet a set of service levels, called Guaranteed Standards, when providing connections. Failure to meet these standards for any individual connection can result in the connecting customer being eligible for a payment for inconvenience caused. Further information can be found on the Connections Guaranteed Standards page.

Ofgem does not approve the specific prices that GDNs and IGTs charge for connections. However we approve the methodology that they use to calculate these charges – and they must publish this methodology on their website.

From 2004 to 2012 we published an annual Connections Industry Review (CIR) of the gas and electricity connections sectors to assess the nature and level of competition. The publications arising from these reviews can now be found on the National Archives website.

Publications and updates

  • Published: 22nd Oct 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document sets out Ofgem's decision on minimum performance indicators that will apply to the unmetered service level agreements (SLA) for street lighting services provided by electricity distribution network operators to local authorities.

  • Published: 27th Sep 2007
  • Decisions
  • 2 Associated documents
This letter is issued as part of the guidance implementation for non-contestable connection services. As in standard licence condition ("SLC") 4F of the Electricity Distribution Licence

  • Published: 27th Sep 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Notice to introduce Standard Licence Condition 4F Guidance Document - Version 1

  • Published: 13th Jul 2007
  • Closed: 10th Aug 2007
  • Consultations & responses
  • 1 Associated documents
Standard Licence condition 4F. Standards for the provision of non - contestable connection services ("SLC 4F") - Consultation on Draft Guidance Document version 1.

  • Published: 13th Jul 2007
  • Closed: 10th Aug 2007
  • Consultations & responses
  • 14 Associated documents
Modification to the electricity licence. This is to introduce a standard of performance regime for non-contestable connections services

  • Published: 8th Jun 2007
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
Consent issued by the Authority under standard licence condition C8 of National Grid Electricity Limited's (NGET) transmission licence.

  • Published: 16th Feb 2007
  • Closed: 4th Apr 2007
  • Consultations & responses
  • 44 Associated documents
We have developed a package of reporting requirements to assess improvements and whether further action is required, potentially through the next distribution price control review.

  • Published: 31st Jan 2007
  • Other
  • 1 Associated documents

  • Published: 31st Aug 2006
  • Consultations & responses
  • 1 Associated documents

  • Published: 28th Feb 2005
  • Decisions
  • 1 Associated documents
This document follows Ofgem's Competition in connections to electricity distribution systems Consultation document of June 2004.

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