Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO)

Eclipse Power Networks Limited are a fully licensed Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO) who provide clients with an effective alternative to using the local Distribution Network Operator (DNO).

As an IDNO, we will offer Developers, Contractors and Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) an alternative solution to connect to the electricity grid, usually resulting in several significant benefits compared to the normal DNO connection to the grid.

Being a licensed IDNO allows Eclipse Power to build, own and operate licensed electricity networks throughout the UK. This is in direct competition with the DNO, but allows us to offer our clients significant benefits, resulting in a more flexible and innovative approach to their project.

What is the difference between an IDNO and a DNO?

Distribution Network Operator (DNO)

DNOs are organisations who are licensed by OFGEM to distribute electricity across 14 specific geographical areas.

They are the company who deliver electricity via their network of underground cables and power lines from the National Grid to homes and commercial properties. Find out who your DNO is.

Independent Distribution Network Operator (IDNO)

To increase competition within the electricity distribution market, companies can apply to OFGEM to become a Licensed IDNO, who once approved, can then design, own, operate and maintain electricity distribution networks across the UK – they are not limited by a geographical location.

IDNO networks are usually extensions to the existing DNO networks, providing new networks for a variety of developments across numerous sectors; Residential, Commercial, Industrial, Storage and Generation. An IDNO is responsible for maintaining and operating the network for its lifetime.

IDNOs and DNOs have the same standards and obligations to meet and are both regulated by OFGEM in the same way.

Electricity Network Adoption & Asset Value Contribution

Once a new network is built, it must be adopted by either an IDNO or the local DNO.

The basic principle behind being an IDNO is that we can enter into an Adoption Agreement with the chosen Independent Connection Providers (ICPs) and in some cases, provide an Asset Value (AV) Contribution which is paid to the developer on adoption of the network. This is something which DNOs cannot offer.

Once the network has been adopted, we would then operate and maintain the new network under our license obligations for the lifetime of the assets.

Why use and IDNO for your project?

ICP’s and Developers of Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Storage projects requiring an electrical load will benefit from using Eclipse Power Networks. We will:

  • Submit the DNO or National Grid Point of Connection (POC) application for your development
  • Negotiate with the DNO and National Grid for the right POC and Contestable solution on our clients behalf
  • Offer significant Asset Value Contribution to adopt the new electricity distribution network
  • Provide cost efficient Technical Standards, significantly reducing the cost of Non-Contestable work from the DNO price

Non Contestable Works vs Contestable Works:

Non Contestable works can only be carried out by the local DNO – such as the grid connection to the network.

Contestable Works can be carried out by the local DNO or an ICP – such as the design and build of High Voltage networks.

Need more information?

If you feel you would benefit from using Eclipse Power as an IDNO for your project, please contact us for more information by filling in our enquiry form or by calling us on 01234 486487. Alternatively, please email us networks.enquiries@eclipsepower.co.uk

  • Working with Developers, Contractors and ICPs

    Being a licensed IDNO allows us to design, own, operate and maintain licensed electricity networks throughout the UK. We will work with any suitably credited ICP or can assist developers to identify a suitably qualified ICP if required.

    We understand the needs of Contractors, Developers and ICPs and our collaboration approach in providing safe, innovative, cost effective and intelligent distribution networks that are built to last will add value to any development.

  • What are the benefits of using an IDNO?...

    • We provide clients with full design support to ensure design approval is gained quickly – reducing potential programme risks
    • We may provide an Asset Value (AV) Contribution to adopt the new electricity distribution network for your development – reducing capital costs
    • Provide cost effective Technical Standards, significantly reducing the cost of Contestable Works when compared to the DNO price
    • Take the hassle away by negotiating with the DNO and National Grid for the right Point of Connection (POC) and Contestable solution on behalf of our clients

  • Who would benefit from using an IDNO?...

    • ICPS and Developers of Residential, Commercial, Industrial and Storage Projects requiring an electrical load
    • Developers of embedded generation projects
    • Electric Vehicle Infrastructure providers
    • Projects being developed within a variety of Industries, such as Healthcare, Property and Transport