Operator, spurred by Hydra outage, wants back-up generator rights

Spurred into action by a recent power outage on the island Hydra, DEDDIE/HEDNO, the Hellenic Electricity Distribution Network Operator, is seeking a revision of current sector regulations in order to acquire the right to possess electricity generators with capacities exceeding a one-MW limit.

The operator’s request was forwarded in a letter to RAE, the Regulatory Authority for Energy.

Despite being responsible for the grid’s development and maintenance, as well as electricity supply security, the operator is currently not entitled to possessing back-up generators for emergency supply in the event of electricity supply disruptions.

Instead, DEDDIE/HEDNO needs to turn to the main power utility PPC or any of the private-sector energy companies possessing electricity generation licenses and establish lease arrangements for generators before transfer these units to affected areas.

If the request is approved, the operator intends to follow up by conducting a feasibility study to determine an optimal action plan. Depending on the study’s result, DEDDIE/HEDNO could purchase or rent back-up generators, or opt for a combined solution.