IPTO, HEDNO form working group for RES connection term coordination

Power grid operator IPTO and distribution network operator DEDDIE/HEDNO have agreed to form a working group, with participation from RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy, following a meeting initiated by the authority to seek solutions for further acceleration of connection terms offered to new RES stations through better coordination between the operators.

The three entities agreed that each operator must have a clearer picture of total available network capacity, both for transmission and distribution.

At the meeting, both IPTO and DEDDIE/HEDNO stressed that they have been working at a faster pace over recent years, in response to an increased inflow of RES connection applications.

In 2021, IPTO offered connection terms to 1,346 prospective RES projects representing a total capacity of 3,046 MW, five times more the total capacity of 620 MW it offered for RES connection terms concerning 43 RES projects in 2015.

Also, RES stations given the green light to enter the transmission network in 2021 increased by 310 percent, compared to the previous year.

Between 2015 and 2021, 1,673 RES stations representing a total capacity of 7.86 GW have secured access to the grid, data has shown.