Frequently Asked Questions…


Sometimes the power and electricity industries can have a lot of technical jargon… please see below for some FAQ’s and if you have any further questions or queries, don’t hesitate to contact us using our enquiry form or on 01234 482482.

What is an Independent Connection Provider? An Independent Connection Provider (ICP) is an accredited company that carries out works on behalf of clients on the electricity network. These networks are normally owned by either a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) or an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO). You can find a full list of ICP’s online on the Lloyd’s NERS Register.

What does ‘Balance of Plant’ mean? Balance of Plant refers to all the systems and components which are required to deliver the energy aside from the actual generating unit.

What are Contestable Works? Contestable works are works which are completed by an accredited Independent Connections Provider (ICP). For example, Electrical Design, Cable Laying & Jointing, Substation Installation and Civil works.

What are Non-Contestable Works? Non-contestable works are works which can only be undertaken by a Distribution Network Operator. Typically, this would be work on their existing apparatus.

What is Embedded Generation? Embedded generation is where electricity is generated at a specific location and connected the distribution network.

What is a Distribution Network Operator? The UK is split into Geographical regions, each of which are looked after by companies who are licensed to distribute electricity across the country. These companies own and operate the infrastructure, including cables, towers and substations which bring electricity from the National Grid to homes and businesses.

What is an Independent Distribution Network Operator? Independent Distribution Network Operators develop, operate and maintain local electricity distribution networks. They can be directly connected to the Distribution Network Operator networks or indirectly via another IDNO.

What is a Substation? A substation is part of an electrical distribution system. While they can perform several different functions, the ones that are most commonly seen reduce the High Voltage of electrical power transmission down to a suitable voltage level for supply to consumers.

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