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Connections

Performance summary 2017/2018

  • Overview of outputs

    34
    Improve the overall time taken to deliver a connection by 20%.(See note 1 below)

    We achieved Ofgem’s targets for ‘time to quote’ and ‘time to connect’ for both LVSSA (single domestic connections) and LVSSB customers (two to four domestic connections and single small commercial connection projects).

    35
    Provide excellent customer service so that customers continue to rank us as the top-performing DNO group in customer satisfaction surveys.(See note 2 below)

    We are the top-performing DNO for the Connections Customer Survey in Ofgem’s Broad Measure of Customer Satisfaction, scoring an average of 8.78 out of 10 across our four licence areas.

    36
    Carry out surveys with distributed generation customers to find out if they are satisfied with our service and identify where we could improve.

    We achieved a score of 8.83 out of 10 for distributed generation customer satisfaction surveys.  We have specified a range of improvements within our work plan for the Incentive on Connections Engagement (ICE).


  • Overview of outputs

    37
    Develop and improve the way we process online connection applications and make it easier for customers to track the progress of their application online.

    We have made amendments to our online connections information in line with stakeholder requirements.  These have been published in our ICE work plan.

    38
    Make sure that the information we provide in documents and online is effective.

    We achieved a satisfaction score of 8.88 out of 10 from customers using our online application service.


  • Overview of outputs

    39
    Host surgeries every three months to help connection customers to understand our processes.

    50 customers attended nine surgeries across our four licence areas.

    40
    Work with major customers to identify where our processes can be improved and quickly put in place any changes.

    We engaged with over 16,000 stakeholders through events and over 2,000 through customer satisfaction surveys.  The actions in our ICE work plan are based on suggestions we received from these events and surveys.


  • Overview of outputs

    41
    Aim to achieve no failures of the connection GSOPs.(See note 2 below)

    There was only one failure against the connection Guaranteed Standards of Performance during 2017/18.  This was related to the time it took to provide a quote for a high voltage demand connection.


  • Overview of outputs

    42
    Improve customer awareness of other connection providers and regularly check that customers understand the options available to them.

    We provide clear information for customers explaining that they can use other connection providers.  We carry out a yearly survey to measure customer awareness.  The 2017/18 survey showed that 81% of customers who had a new connection were aware of other providers.

    43
    Work with other connection providers to extend the type of work they can carry out, including high voltage and reinforcement work.

    In 2017/18, we introduced a new group to focus on the specific needs of other connection providers.  Sessions take place three times a year and we use feedback from stakeholders to improve our processes.


Note 1: This target is for the full eight-year RIIO-ED1 period, not for each separate year.

Note 2: This target is for each year of RIIO-ED1.

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