Factsheet: Priority grid access

Priority grid access

Key Information
Grid operators are obliged to connect renewable energy plants to their grids without discriminating against certain plant operators. They are also obliged to transmit electricity from renewable sources as a priority. In general, the grid operators are obliged to develop their grids on the request of a plant operator, if the connection of a plant to the grid requires the grid to be developed. Depending on which part of the grid is to be developed (extension to/from the connection point), the grid operator, the plant operator or both of them will have to bear the costs. This right shall not apply where the use of the grid poses a risk to the security of the national grid system and where a grid user does not comply with the applicable technical standards. Further, this right shall not apply where the grid operator does not have the necessary grid capacity available (art. 25 par. 2 Electricity Law). The grid operator is obliged to submit to the grid users all relevant information on his operations related to the management of the grid without discriminating against any grid user. The grid operator is not obliged to provide confidential trade data or confidential information received (art. 45 par. 1 letter e Electricity Law). The grid operator may deny use of the grid only in exceptional cases and according to the technical and commercial regulations made by the regulatory authority or if the security of the national energy system is at risk (art. 14 par. 7 Law No. 220/2008 as referred to in art. 1 par. 9 Law No. 134/2012). According to ANRE, the commercial code allows RES-E plants to be compensated like conventional plants for the amount of electricity not delivered to the grid, but not for the green certificates income loss due to curtailment. The tariffs for grid use are regulated by ANRE by Ordinance No. 98/2013. The tariffs vary according to the voltage level and the different DSOs (Annex nr. 1 and nr. 2 Ordinance No. 98/2013). According to the Romanian regulatory authority ISPE, the grid operators include the costs of transmitting electricity in their electricity prices.
Increase the share of renewable energy in electricity production.

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