How Should You Connect Electricity to Your New Subdivision?

Posted on: 24 February 2023

Connecting electricity to your subdivision can be daunting, especially if you're unfamiliar with the process. But it doesn't have to be difficult, so long as you follow the process and work with accredited companies or individuals. So, what are the individual steps you need to take to achieve your goal?

The Four-Step Process

Step 1

Obtain a Distribution Network Service Provider (DNSP) connection agreement. The DNSP is the organisation that controls the hardware, such as polls, wires, Transformers and substations. They also supply the meter that goes into each property. If need be, the DNSP will give you advice and assistance throughout the connection process. They will also supply the connection agreement that must be signed before any work can begin. This agreement outlines all of the details of the project, including costs, timescales and safety requirements.

Step 2

Request an embedded network connection to join multiple properties together through a single point of supply from the local network. The DNSP will help you determine which type is best for your needs.

Step 3

Lodge an application with one of the electricity transmission specialists, and do a quick search to locate the best company in your area. This application sets out basic information about the project, including its location and size, as well as any special requirements that might need to be taken into consideration during installation. It also requires you to provide evidence of relevant approvals or consents prior to work commencing.

Step 4

Engage a qualified contractor/electrician for installation and testing works. Once all necessary paperwork has been lodged and approved by the transmission specialist, it's time to engage a qualified contractor/electrician who is experienced in connecting electricity networks in this area. They will manage all aspects of installation and testing works until completion, including carrying out tests at each stage of installation to ensure compliance with regulations and standards set by the transmission company.

Remember to Follow the Process

As you can see, there may be many steps involved, but you can get some more detailed advice from one of the electricity transmission specialists in your area. Once you've obtained the connection agreement and provided all the relevant information, you should be able to get a connection in a reasonable amount of time. Just remember to factor in some additional time, so you can go through all the planning steps and deal with any necessary communications.

For more information on subdivisions such as Energex subdivisions, contact a local electrician.