The energy ministry plans to stop granting free-handed connection term extensions to RES projects that have not made licensing progress over considerable periods, the objective being to reserve as much grid capacity as possible for renewable energy investors determined to push ahead with their project plans.
Ministry action is expected to lead to the termination of RES project plans that have secured connection terms but remained stagnant for no apparent reason. The resulting free space will be made available to investors keen to push ahead with green energy projects.
However, in taking action to make rules stricter for RES investors, the energy ministry will tread carefully to establish a formula that will avoid cancelling out projects that have been delayed for reasons beyond the control of their investors.
For example, development of some RES projects has been held back by legal wrangles. The ministry does not intend to cancel such projects.
However, the energy ministry believes a considerable number of RES projects have no reason to be stagnant. The focus will be on such cases.
Power grid operator IPTO has granted RES connection terms totaling approximately 11 GW, of which 3 GW, sources informed, concern projects not making any progress.