The Maximum Import Capacity (MIC) is the maximum amount of electricity that you will use in any half hour, in any day. This figure helps NIE to design a new electricity connection to meet your needs.
It is possible to connect up to 20kW maximum to a single phase supply. Above this capacity a three phase supply is required.
If you are at an early stage of purchasing a site or planning a development, we can provide you with an estimate of likely connection costs through a feasibility study. You should be aware that a feasibility study does not reserve network capacity for a particular project, and we cannot guarantee that a connection will be available when making a formal application for connection.
If you have finalised your requirements, obtained DOE Planning Approval and are ready to enter into a contract with us to provide your connection, we can give you a formal quotation. Click here to register for an Generation Connection application pack.
Initially you will need to pay the cost for your connection application fee only. We will then send you out a quote for the cost of your connection. If you accept the quote (within 90 days) then a 20% deposit must be paid immediately for us to continue to process your application. The final balance will be required before construction commences.
We cannot provide more than one point of supply onto any site due to safety concerns. Each application will be reviewed on a site specific basis.
We will always try to get ‘wayleave’ permission from third party land owners. Sometimes landowners may not permit the installation of additional equipment on their land in which case we may propose an alternative route. This can often result in additional charges being incurred. If you want to discuss this with us, please get in touch.
NIE Networks Statement of Charges [PDF Format, 1.2MB] sets out the connections process and provides a comprehensive list of indicative costs for connections to the network. If you apply for a connection, your quotation will be based on the costs outlined in Schedules 2-10 (pages 42-56).
A connection card is a single page document completed by your electrical contractor which certifies that the electrical installation within your property is safe and complies with wiring regulations.
To ensure we can connect your meter which is the last step in connecting you to the network (see our connections timeline), you will need to register with an electricity supplier and submit your connection card to us.
If your onsite construction work is complete you will need to register with a supplier and complete a connection card. Once this has been completed, we will contact you to arrange an appointment to install your meter.
These should be available from your local library or request it from the Ordnance Survey.
This is a 12 digit grid x and y coordinates to accurately identify your address. You may find these on your approved architectural drawings or online.
If you have not received a letter from us with your job number within 5-10 working days from when your application was sent, please get in touch or contact 03457 643 643.
Every connection is different and timescales will vary depending on the requirements of your connection. Connecting a new home may take between 6-12 weeks. If third party consents are required this can take up to 9 months to complete.
We accept three methods of payment:
If your connection requires electricity equipment to be sited on other people’s land, we will need to get the permission of the landowner or government bodies before we can proceed. This can sometimes take up to 9 months or longer and we may need to re-quote for your job.
A meter point reference number (or MPRN) is a unique 11 digit number to identify your address that is used by suppliers to check the incoming supply details for individual premises.You need this number if you are getting a first time electricity connection to new premises.
If you have an existing supply, you will find your MPRN number on the card left by your meter reader or it may be found on the bill from your electricity supplier. The MPRN is unique to individual premises and will never change. The first two digits are always 81.
To move or alter any piece of NIE Networks equipment please complete a disconnection application form.
To move or alter a meter box, please complete an alteration application form.
To move or alter the meter or meter backboard, please call our helpline on 03457643643
To move or alter any piece of NIE Networks equipment please complete an alteration application form.
To change the load requirements because you are installing an appliance that needs more power such as electric heating or a ground source heat pump, please complete a load change application form
To change your load requirements, please complete a load change application form.
NIE Networks owns the electricity transmission and distribution network. View a list of suppliers or the utility regulator website.
For a definite quotation/price you will need to fill out an application form. For general pricing please consult our Statement of Charges [PDF Format, 1.2MB]. Indicative costs for connection are provided in Schedules 2-10. These schedules provide typical costs for the main items of expenditure (excluding VAT) for a new or modified connection to the Network.