Excessive net metering delays at DEDDIE, investors protest

DEDDIE/HEDNO, the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, has begun accepting net metering applications submitted by renewable energy self-producers and energy communities following a capacity increase to 1 MW from the previous limit of 500 KW, but investors who had submitted applications under the previous terms find themselves still waiting for their bids to be approved.

The operator is taking far too long to offer connection terms, requiring as many as five months instead of a one-month waiting time limit promised by a related law, interested investors have informed energypress.

DEDDIE officials have been busy processing a wave of solar energy park applications in the 500 MW category. The work overload has forced the operator to only accept applications concerning solar energy parks and avoid taking in bids that include storage systems.

Net metering enables electricity consumers who generate their own power from an eligible on-site facility and deliver it to local distribution facilities to offset the electric energy provided by the utility during an applicable billing period.