Energy Assets’ in-house legal team accelerating network adoption

Energy Assets is dramatically shortening utility network adoption timelines for independent connection providers (ICPs), utility infrastructure providers (UIPs) and developers, thanks to investment in an in-house legal team.

The service supports the activities of Energy Assets Networks (electricity) and Energy Assets Pipelines (gas) and is believed to be quite unique among independent distribution networks operators (IDNOs) and independent gas transporters (IGTs). It enables Energy Assets to handle land rights on an incorporated basis (in the case of DNO involvement), shortening average timescales for adoption and connection to around 12 weeks.

Energy Assets’ Legal Manager, Veronica Burnett, a lawyer with 12 years’ utility legal expertise, most recently secured an incorporated rights agreement with SPEN. Veronica is leading a team that is currently directly handling around 70 network adoption projects for Energy Assets in England and Wales and overseeing the management of many more across Scotland (which operates under the Scottish Legal process).

Said Veronica: “Our in-house expertise quickens the whole adoption process significantly – invariably twice as fast when compared with engaging external solicitors. This enables developers to bring their schemes to market more quickly and optimise the value of their assets. Our customers also benefit from this being a free service to them.

“This area of law can be very complex as there may be many landowners to negotiate with in order to secure network ownership, particularly with the range of housebuilding and commercial and industrial schemes with which we are involved. Our internal resource means we are focused solely on delivering utility adoption legal process as efficiently as possible, whereas external solicitors are often handling large caseloads for many clients.”  

ICPs, UIPs and developers interested in finding out more can contact Energy Assets to request the company’s land rights policy by emailing: landrights@energyassets.co.uk