Grid development

Updated: 18.01.2019

Author: Cristina Blajin

In general, the grid operator is obliged to extend his grid to the grid connection point requested if such an extension is required to connect a renewable energy plant to the grid (art. 42 Ordinance No. 59/2013 as referred to in art. I par. 13 Ordinance No. 63/2014)

The plant operator is obliged to extend the grid from the connection point to his plant (art. 45 in conjunction with art. 41 lit. c) Ordinance No. 59/2013).

Procedure

Process flow

The grid operator is obliged to extend his grid to the grid connection point requested until the date of grid connection agreed on in the technical authorisation document (art. 42 par. 1 Ordinance No. 59/2013). In case that the grid operator will not be able to realise the necessary extension works until the date for grid connection requested by the plant operator, the grid operator needs to communicate this to the plant operator in the technical authorisation for grid connection. In addition, the grid operator needs to inform the plant operator about the reasons for delaying the extension works and needs to indicate alternative dates, until which grid development can be realised. The grid operator also indicates the maximum power that can be connected to grid without additional extension works (art. 43 par. 1 Ordinance No. 59/2013). In this case, the plant operator may choose between connecting the plant at a later date indicated by the grid operator, connecting the plant according to the possible capacity indicated by the grid operator or bearing the costs of the extension works between the grid and the connection point himself in case that the reason for lacking grid development is that the grid operator has not foreseen the extension of the respective grid section in his investment plan (art. 43 par. 3 Ordinance No. 59/2013 as referred to in art. I par. 14 Ordinance No. 63/2014). 

Competent authority

Agentia Nationala de Reglementare în Domeniul Energiei – ANRE (Romanian Energy Regulatory Authority)

Enforcement of claims

If the grid operator fails to extend the grid by the connection date agreed on in the technical authorisation document, the Ordinance does not entitle the plant operator to claim damages from the grid operator. In this case, the plant operator may decide to bear the costs of the extension works between the grid and the connection point and negotiate a refund agreement with the grid operator (art. 43 par. 5 Ordinance No. 59/2013).

Obligation to inform

If the extension of the grid is not part of the grid operator's investment plan, the grid operator is obliged to include information about possible timelines within which a grid extension could be implemented in the technical authorisation document (art. 43 par. 1 Ordinance No. 59/2013).

Distribution of costs

Plant operator

The plant operator is obliged to bear the costs of connecting his plant to the connection point (art. 45 in conjunction with art. 41 lit. c) Ordinance No. 59/2013). If the extension of the grid to the connection point is not listed in the grid operator's investment plan, the plant operator may decide to initially bear the costs of the extension himself and then negotiate a refund agreement with the grid operator (art. 43 par. 3 letter d) Ordinance No. 59/2013). 

Grid operator

The costs of the extension of the grid to the connection point are borne by the grid operator, if the extension is listed in the grid operator's investment plan (art. 42 Ordinance No. 59/2013 as referred to in Art. I par. 13 Ordinance No. 63/2014). If the extension of the grid is not indicated in the grid operator's investment plan, the plant operator may decide to initially bear the costs of the extension works himself (art. 43 par. 3 letter d) Ordinance No. 59/2013). The grid operator is obliged to refund the plant operator's costs for the extension as set out in a mutual agreement between the grid operator and the plant operator (art. 43 par. 5 Ordinance No. 59/2013).

Distribution mechanism

Statutory law does not stipulate a distribution mechanism.

Grid studies

Transelectrica 2016 – grid development plan for the period 2016-2025 (Romanian version).

An English version of the grid development plan is not available.

Romania

Further information

Basic information on legal sources