Connection charges. What do you know about them?

You're sure to have heard of connection charges. The term refers to the cost of a series of actions carried out by a distribution company to register a new energy supply or to expand an existing one.

For electricity supply to reach the end user, it is necessary to carry out certain steps to connect the distribution networks with the installation in the home. The costs of this are called connection charges, which in turn can be classified into four types, depending on certain factors such as whether the installation is low or medium voltage, whether the connection is overhead or underground, and whether the connection requires the incorporation of certain components. It is not always necessary to pay all the connection charges, since this will depend on the particularities of each case. Like to find out more? Let’s go!

 

Access charges

As the name suggests, these are the charges that give access to the electricity transmission network, to bring electricity and gas into the home.

In order to gain access, the following steps must be taken:

  • Request. The customer sends a request for access to the distribution company.
  • Assessment. The company carries out an assessment as to whether the amount of energy required can be supplied to the user's home as it is, or whether the electrical installation needs to be adapted for the purpose.
  • Execution. The company informs the user whether it can provide access to the network “as is” or whether it is necessary to carry out works.

What is not in the hands of the distribution company is the cost of these procedures, since this is regulated and established by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce.

These charges are normally added to the marketing company’s electricity bill.

 

Extension charges

These refer to the maintenance of the electrical infrastructure, and will depend on certain circumstances. Let's see what these are:

  • A new connection. First-time contract for an address where the customer has never consumed electricity or gas before.
  • A contract after more than three years of disconnection. Extension charges also apply if the home has been disconnected for three years or more. And what if less than three years have passed since the supply was last discontinued? In this case, and if it is a second residence, you can request the reconnection without having to pay any extension charges.
  • Higher power required. Because sometimes the user needs or wishes to contract more power in the home.

As with access charges, the cost of the service is regulated, although it will vary based on the three situations described, so that if, for example, you want to increase power, the total amount to pay will be the price established by the Ministry multiplied by the total power contracted.

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Verification charges

These are for the study of whether a home complies with the necessary safety measures in its electrical installation, and whether the installation complies with all existing regulations and technical requirements.

It is the responsibility of the distributor to carry out this assessment and check the correct operation of the installation. But regardless of the result, it is not always necessary to pay the check charges. There are two exceptions. If the end user can exhibit a project and works certificate, or if an electrical installation certificate issued by an authorised installer has been presented.

 

Hook-up charges

These are the charges for actually connecting the internal installation inside your home to the grid.

To carry out the process, the marketer or distributor will assess whether the installation is suitable and, subsequently, the customer must register the new supply.

The paperwork is quick and easy. In addition, the user is offered two options:

  • With the help of a qualified professional. A technician will hook up the installation to the grid in a short space of time.
  • Remotely. Everything can be done from the company itself and the connection will be effective in just a few hours.

As with the other connection charges, the costs are defined by the Ministry and vary depending on whether high or low voltage is concerned, whether the supply is old or new and also the use that is to be made of the space.

 

And now, to enjoy the home

Connection charges may seem complicated or to involve many procedures, but in reality everything is carried out smoothly and quickly through the chosen company. The important thing is to ensure a quality supply to ensure your peace of mind and wellbeing.

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