Competition in Connections Code of Practice

The Competition in Connections Code of Practice was developed through the Electricity Networks Association, in consultation with stakeholders, and approved by Ofgem.

Under the Code of Practice DNOs are required to: 

  • Reduce the extent to which competitors depend on them for essential services
  • Where the DNO is required to provide these services, it will need to do so on the same basis to both its competitors and its own connections business
  • Operate to an Ofgem approved Code of Practice setting out a common set of rules to enable competitors to access the market.

Where can I view a copy of the Code of Practice?

The Competition in Connections Code of Practice can be found here.

Competition in Connections Code of Practice Annual Report

Each year, we are required to provide a report to demonstrate our compliance with the Code of Practice. Any data provided, such as number of quotes issued, are for the previous regulatory year which runs from 1st April to 31st March. Any processes included are correct at the time of publication.

This year's report can be viewed here.

The supporting appendices can be viewed here.

Historical Annual Reports

Previous submissions can be viewed in the table below:

2020 submission

Our 2019/20 Code of Practice report is now available. The table is available to identify key changes from the previous year. The supporting evidence link contains the appendix referred to in the main document.

2019/20 CiC COP Report

2019/20 Supporting Evidence

2019 submission

Our 2018/19 Code of Practice report is now available. The table is available to identify key changes from the previous year. The supporting evidence link contains the appendix referred to in the main document.

2018/19 CiC COP Report

2018/19 Supporting Evidence

2018 submission

Our 2017/18 Code of Practice report is now available. The table is available to identify key changes from the previous year. The supporting evidence link contains the appendix referred to in the main document.

2017/18 CiC COP Report

2017/18 Supporting Evidence

2017 Submission

Our 2016/17 Code of Practice report is our first full year report since implementation. A table is available at the start of the document to identify key changes from the previous year. The supporting evidence link contains

2016/17 CiC COP Report

2016/17 Supporting Evidence

2016 Submission

As the Code of Practice was implemented in October 2015, our report for 2015/16 is for the period October 2015 to March 2016. The supporting evidence link contains the appendices referred to in the main report.

2015/16 CiC COP Report

2015/16 Supporting Evidence

Competition in Connections Governance

The Competitions in Connections Code of Practice includes arrangements to make changes, so that it can evolve over time. This included the establishment of an industry panel to oversee those changes.

Competition in Connections Governance can be found here.

Can I suggest ways to improve the Competition in Connections processes?

The Code of Practice is intended to continue to evolve under the agreed governance arrangements set in place. In the meantime WPD remain available to discuss requests from interested parties in respect of additions or changes that could continue to facilitate competition and continue to reduce the WPD input services required.

In this regard, please email [email protected] in the first instance to request a discussion of such proposals.