Understanding Connection Capacity
What Connection Capacity should you apply for?
We offer connections that provide for many different levels of electricity usage. When applying for a new connection, you need to specify the maximum electricity demand level you require. This level is then written into the connection agreement as the MIC. We then design our network to provide a connection method in accordance with the agreed MIC.
The ultimate electrical load being connected should be carefully considered and we advise that you consult with your Electrical Contractor to obtain the information we require to complete your New Connection Application form. You can print out the information you will need here and add it to your application when you are ready.
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|What Connection Capacity should I apply for?||12kVA (Standard)||16 kVA Enhanced|
|Maximum Demand (Averaged over 10 minutes)||2 Amps||70 Amps|
Maximum switched load excluding motors* (e.g. Electric Shower)
|9 kVA||12 kVa|
|Limits on motor size / operation:|
|Motors that start > 4 times per hour max rating||0.75 kW||1.1 kW|
|Starting > twice per day and </= 4 times per hour Max Starting Current**||26 Amps||40 Amps|
|Motors that start </= twice per day max Starting Current**||42 Amps||63 Amps|
|Maximum Storage Heating||9 kW||12 kW|
|... in simple terms|
|12 kVA||Suitable for an average sized domestic dwelling where no farming related activities are to be carried out and where no more than 9kW of night storage heating is to be installed.|
|16 kVA||Suitable for dwellings where it is intended to use the connection for farm machinery or light welding. Should also be considered where between 9kW and 13kW of night storage heating or large heat pumps are to be installed.|
Table 1 - What Connection Capacity should I apply for?
3 Phase supply may be required for larger motors greater than 5 HP, or processes that require multiple loads operating at the same time.
*More than one switched load can be installed provided they are configured such that max demand is not exceeded.
**Soft Starter can be used to restrict starting current.