Business Energy – New energy connections guide
Among the issues for a business moving into a new premises needs to appreciate is having energy connections for the supply in addition to finding a cheap business energy supplier.
For most businesses and organisations, when they move into new premises that they either own or lease, they generally already have their energy connections in place so don’t have to organise the installation or supply of their energy needs.
For those that do, the process for establishing new energy connections can be complicated but the business energy supplier and the distribution network operator (DNO) will be of great help though the business will need to appreciate what its responsibilities are during this process.
However, before the DNO can connect the business premises to the grid, the business will need to have a qualified electrician test all of the premises’ electrical equipment and certify that the internal electric circuits as well as equipment meets current wiring regulations (these will be the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEE) regulations).
The electrician will leave their test certificate on-site so it is visible for the meter operator engineer to see and do his or her work effectively.
Process for energy connections to a new business premises
To help explain the process for energy connections to a new business premises, we will focus on the installation and supply of electricity. It should be appreciated that the UK’s electrical network is maintained by regional distributors and they are responsible for new energy connections and their installation.
This is the basic step-by-step process to establishing new electricity connections:
- The business applies for a new energy connection via the supplier or distributor
- The DNO will need to design the energy connection
- The connection will need to be ordered and paid for
- The supply number and the MPAN (Meter Point Administration Number) will be given
- The DNO will then begin installing the new connection
- The business will then need to choose their energy supplier (if not already done so)
- There is on-site testing of equipment and metering is installed
- The process for a new energy supply is complete
Process for installing a gas supply at a new business premises
The process for installing a gas supply at a new business premises is also straightforward – as is the installation of new meters whether they are for gas or electricity. Again, for these energy connections the business will need to liaise with an energy supplier or distributor.
It should also be appreciated the energy connections will take several weeks or a few months to be carried out from the date of ordering and paying and their actual installation.
For more help and advice for any business looking for new energy connections then the team at the Business Energy Hub can help.