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Producers Connection

Connection Process

The general grid connection process for generation facilities comprises six stages:

The stages of the connection process differ depending on whether the facility is governed by RD 1699/2011 of 18 November, regulating connection to small-scale electricity production grids; by RD 413/2014, regulating the activity of electricity production from renewable, cogeneration and waste energy sources; or by RD 900/2015, regulating the administrative, technical and economic conditions of the electricity supply methods with self-consumption and production methods with self-consumption.

Promoter application

  • The promoter shall then contact the distribution utility to request the connection point, doing so by sending an email to Acometidasproductores@iberdrola.es with the corresponding application form and the documentation indicated in the form (listed in the section “Technical Documentation”).
  • The promoter, when necessary, shall submit a copy of the economic guarantee presented to the Autonomous Community government, whose amount is established in Art. 66 bis of RD 1955/2000, consolidated (10€/kW for facilities with a power capacity of > 10 kV. Type 1 self-consumption facilities are exempt).
  • Based on the application received, a technical study on the viability of the connection will be conduction and distribution utility will issue a report and requirements for the connection point.
  • For facilities with a power capacity of > 1 MW or which pertain to a grouping with a power capacity of > 1 MW, the pertinent legislation in force has a prerequisite that said connection must be analysed and receive a favourable report from the System Operator (REE) in terms of the transmission grid.

Application response terms

  • The information regarding the connection point will be made according to the terms established in the pertinent legislation in force:
  • The facilities encompassed within the scope of RD 1699/2011 for small-scale power facilities will be notified within a term of 1 month, with an effective validity for the connection point of three months (there is an abbreviated connection method for power facilities of no larger than 10 kW).
  • The remaining facilities to which the conditions stipulated in RD 413/2014 apply will be notified within a term of 15 days, with an effective validity for the connection of 6 months.

Acceptance of the connection conditions

 

  • The promoter will in turn notify the distributor of the acceptance of the report and requirements for the connection point.
  • The requirements necessary for the acceptance of the connection conditions by the holder are included in the letter of terms and conditions issued by the distribution utility.

Project Approval by the Autonomous Community Government

  • The promoter, where pertinent, will apply for the administrative authorisation from the Autonomous Community Government and submit the basic project and execution programme.
  • The promoter, where pertinent, will send the distribution utility a copy of the application for government authorisation, the voucher substantiating the presentation of the basic project and execution programme to the Autonomous Community Government.
  • The promoter, where pertinent, will send the distribution utility the government authorisation and project approval by the Autonomous Community Government.

Project execution

The promoter shall then execute the project.

Technical Access Contract Subscription

  • The distribution utility will provide the technical access contract, reading certificate when the power capacity of the facilities is less than 450 kW, and an access and connection certificate. For facilities with a power capacity greater than 450 kW, the entity responsible for issuing metering certificates is REE (Red Eléctrica de España, S.A.)
  • The promoter shall deliver the commissioning report or electricity installation certificate to the distribution utility and request connection to the grid.

Contracting

Meter Installation and Grid Connection

  • Ownership of the metering equipment must either pertain to the promoter or distribution utility. Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica provides the option of renting said equipment (except for equipment connected in LV in facilities with power capacities greater than 15 kW).
  • Facilities with power capacities greater than 15 kW must be equipped with communication devices for remote meter reading.  Metering equipment at type 5 production metering points (capacity of less than or equal to 15 kW) must have time-of-day differences and be integrated in the remote management system handling the reading.
  • Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica will inspect and seal the metering equipment and connect the facilities to the grid.

PAYMENT OF THE SPECIFIC REMUNERATION SYSTEM: LIQUIDATION PROCESS

  • Royal Decree 413/2014 of 6 June, regulating the activity of electricity production from renewable, cogeneration and waste energy sources, states that producers have the right to receive a consideration corresponding to their participation in the electricity production market through any of their contract methods and, in which case, the specific remuneration arrangement regulated in title IV of the cited Real Decree.
  • For the applicable facilities, the procedure for liquidating this specific remuneration arrangement continues being regulated as set out in Circular 4/2009 of 9 July issued by National Energy Commission.
  • Market representation:
    • Facilities connected to the Iberdrola Distribución grid that have not communicated their desire to be represented by any other agent will be represented by Iberdrola Comercialización de Último Recurso, S.A.U. (IBERCUR).
    • Electricity production facilities will be bound to make economic proposals to the market operators for each scheduling period either directly or through an agent. The market operator and system operator will make the liquidations corresponding to the facilities for their participation in the market and, on a monthly basis, both operators will provide the entity in charge of said liquidation with the information regarding the liquidation made to the facilities.
  • Metering equipment data processing: 
    • Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica sends the National Markets and Competition Commission a monthly tally of the metering figures for facility types III and V (facilities with a power capacity of less than or equal to 450 kW) for which it handles the reading.
    • The System Operator (REE) is responsible for sending the meter readings for type I and II equipment (facilities with a power capacity greater than 450 kW).
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  • Installations which prior to October 31, 2009 were represented in the market by Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica and had not notified their desire to be represented by another party are represented by IBERDROLA Comercialización de Último Recurso, S.A.U. as of 2009 November 1. (IBERCUR).
  • Contact and clarifications:
    • For any clarification or additional information regarding how the liquidation system works insofar as the returns on investment or operation of the facilities of the erstwhile special arrangement, you can contact the National Markets and Competition Commission via its website www.cnmc.es or through its agent.
    • For matters concerning metering or claims on metering or readings, Iberdrola Distribución Eléctrica has made the Producer website exclusively available. To request further clarification or explanation, please contact: distribución@iberdrola.es or by telephone 902 10 11 66, indicating “Producers”.
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