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You must be licensed If you participate in an electricity interconnector operation.
You will be participating in an electricity interconnector operation if you are involved in co-ordinating and directing electricity flow into or through an interconnector, or if you provide an interconnector for use.
How to apply
Applications must be made in writing by completing the application form available from the Office of Gas and Electricity Markets (Ofgem). The completed form may be returned to Ofgem by post, email or via their website, with the fee of £1,050.
You can find guidance and details of paying the fee by BACS, CHAPS or cheque on the application form.
You will be required to provide detailed information on the application form, including:
- your contact details
- details of your company and its directors
- details of the ultimate holding company and directors, if applicable
- shareholder details
- previous applications and licences held
- details of modifications that you wish to request to the standard conditions
- any criminal convictions
- how you propose to start your business
- specification of the actual or proposed point of connection or Ordinance Survey Grid Reference co-ordinates if you are unable to specify the point of connection
You should complete all sections of the form and enter ‘N/A’ to any questions that you consider do not apply.
Ofgem may contact you to request additional documents to support your application, including details of your bank, solicitors and auditors.
If you are required to attend an interview, you must may be asked to provide certified copies of passports and driving licences for each director and the following original company documentation:
- incorporation documents
- minutes from meetings
- annual returns and accounts
- forms appointing and resigning directors
- register of directors
- register of members
Your application will not be processed until all relevant information and documents have been received by Ofgem and the fee has cleared.
Once Ofgem considers that your application is complete they will provide you with a template with suggested wording for your notice of application. You must arrange for this to be published on either your own website or the Ofgem website within ten working days. The notice must be published for at least 28 days.
Your application may be refused if, amongst other things:
- you are insolvent
- any persons named in the application are disqualified from being involved in company affairs or have relevant unspent convictions
- you have previously had a licence revoked or refused
You cannot hold an interconnector licence and any of the following at the same time:
- an electricity generation licence
- an electricity transmission licence
- an electricity distribution licence
- an electricity supply licence
Ofgem aim to make a decision about your application within 45 working days after they send you notice that your application has been ‘duly made’.
Licences may contain certain conditions and once licensed you must adhere to strict codes of practice.
Exemptions from the licensing requirements apply. For full details contact Ofgem.