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Transmission Connections – Directly Connected Versus Using an IDNO

In the realm of energy infrastructure, the way power generation and distribution projects connect to the transmission network plays a critical role in ensuring efficient and reliable energy supply.

Two primary methods are commonly used: direct connection and utilising an Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO), such as Eclipse Power Networks. In this article, we’ll explore the differences between these approaches.

ItemDirectly ConnectedConnected via IDNO*
Contracts Required– Generator Bilateral Connection Agreements (BCA)

– Embedded Network Bilateral Connection Agreements (BCA)

– IDNO Connection Agreement

– Bilateral Embedded Generation Agreement (BEGA) ( > 100 MW – England/Wales, > 30MW South Scotland, > 10MW North Scotland)

– Bilateral Embedded License exemptible Large power station Agreement (BELLA) ( Scotland only, MW values as above)

POC Voltage Options

– 400kV

– 275kV

– 132kV (if NG own bar)

– 33kV (in Scotland)

– 132kV

– 66kV

– 33kV

– 11kV

– LV

Meter Point– Transmission– Distribution
Network Charges

– Transmission Network Use of System charges (TNUoS)

– Connection Charge (Scotland with Transmission Connection Assets)

– Distribution Use of System (DUoS)

– Connection Charge

– TNUoS ( > 100 MW)

Ownership Boundary– Everything downstream of the TO substation is privately constructed and owned.

– Transformer is Transmission Owner (TO) owned and built by TO or customer. If TO, can be paid off/amortised over 40 years.

– Network downstream of Transformer will be IDNO licensed network until point of supply.

Number of connections– 1x metered connection at TO substation with full grid code compliance.– ‘Unlimited’ metered connections on IDNO network with G99 compliance required for any generation.
Transformer Location– Flexibility to site transformer where you wish.– TO will site transformer (increased flexibility in Scotland).
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