Connection to the electricity transmission network
 

This section provides the following information:

  • General information as to the connection to the electricity transmission network;
  • Information as to who can connect and who can offer electricity supply services;
  • Information as to the connection procedure:

- Filing an application for connection to the electricity distribution network;

- Preparation of a draft preliminary connection agreement and opinion;

- Filing an application for conclusion of a connection agreement;

- Design and construction of the technical facilities;

- Provision of voltage to the electricity facilities.

 

General information

The electricity supply system is divided into 2 networks, and paragraph 1, item 20 and 22 of the additional provisions of the Energy Act (EA) provides definition thereto:

  • Electricity transmission network is a combination of electric power lines and electric facilities serving for transmission, transformation of the electric power of high voltage to medium voltage and redistribution of electric flows.
  • Electricity distribution network is a combination of electric power lines and electric facilities of high, medium and low voltage serving for distribution of electric power.

 

Who can connect to the network and who can offer the service?

The owners and the persons having a material right to construction or right to use a property can connect to the electricity supply network. The electricity supply service is provided by the respective network operator of the electricity distribution network.

 

What is the connection procedure?

Filing an application for connection to the electricity distribution network

Filing an application for connection to the electricity distribution network

You can connect to the electricity distribution network by filing an application in a standard form to the electricity distribution company operating in the area of your business. The application for inspection of the terms and conditions for connection of a site is filed with the respective network operator depending on the location of your property.

Art. 5, para 2 of ORDINANCE No 6 of 24 February 2014 on the connection to generators and customers of electric power to the electricity transmission or distribution networks provides information as to the documents that have to be attached to the application and explains the documents that have to be attached to the application:

  • Permit for design of the connected site or entered into force detailed zoning plan (DZP) when the issuance is mandatory in accordance with the provisions of the Spatial Development Act (SDA) – in the cases when new site is under construction, in case of rearrangement of a site under the procedure of the SDA and for temporary electricity supply to a building site;
  • A document proving the material right on the site / property or notarized rent agreement;
  • Permit for setting up of a movable unit – when the request is for temporary electricity supply to movable units;
  • Notarized consent of the owner – the owner’s notarized consent for the filing of the application in a standard form, provided by the respective network operator, is attached when during the rearrangement of a site the person is a tenant.

When the documents provided are incomplete or do not meet the requirements of the Ordinance, the respective network operator notifies in writing the person filing the application within 14 days as of the date of filing.

The person filing the application corrects any incompleteness and irregularities in the documents or provides additionally the required documents and information within 30 days as of the date of receipt of the operator’s notice.

 

Important to know
Important to know

The procedure for the connection of the site is terminated when the person does not rectify the incompleteness and irregularities in the documents or does not provide the additional documents and information required within the set deadline.

 

The respective network operator may provide well-justified refusal to connect a site, fully or partially, to the electric energy network provided that:

  • There is technical impossibility to connect the site within the stated deadline for site commissioning;
  • When, due to the unavailability of the required capacity, the connection of the site leads to deterioration of the conditions for the supply of electric energy to other customers.

The refusal for connection may be appealed before the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission (EWRC) under the terms and conditions and the procedure set out in art. 22 of the Energy Act.

Preparation of draft preliminary connection agreement and opinion

Preparation of draft preliminary connection agreement and opinion

After the successful completion of Step 1 the network operator prepares and provides to you as a potential customer with:

  • Draft preliminary connection agreement, including the terms and conditions of the connection, when these persons are assignors of sites, which are under construction or which are rearranged under the provisions of the SDA;
  • Written opinion regarding the terms and conditions of the connection – in all other cases.

The total term for preparation of a draft preliminary agreement or issuance of a written opinion is 25 days.

If the person falls within the first category, after the conclusion of the preliminary agreement the customer files for agreement detailed design Part “Architecture” and Part “Electric Switchgear and Installations to the Border of Ownership“.

When the preliminary agreement envisages that you should build the connection facilities, you may undertake to:

  • Design the connection facilities;
  • Perform certain types of construction and montage works for the connection as per the detailed design;
  • Build the facilities;
  • Provide for consultation/coordination the detailed designs for the connection facilities.

The network operator consults/coordinates the provided parts of the detailed designs of the electric switchgear and facilities of the connected site. The term for coordination is 7 working days, and if coordination is needed with an operator that is not party to the preliminary agreement, the deadline is extended with the term for the required coordination, but not exceeding 30 days as of the submission of the designs.

Filing an application for conclusion of connection agreement

Filing an application for conclusion of connection agreement

The next step is the filing an application in a standard form for conclusion of connection agreement to the specific operator.

Agreement for connection of customers’ sites to the electricity network is signed between the respective network operator and the person:

  • That has signed preliminary connection agreement; or
  • That has been provided with written opinion as to the terms and conditions for the connection.

The following are attached to the application:

  • Certificate of current status of the trader or the respective legal entity, unified identification code from the Commercial Register;
  • Notarized power of attorney of the person authorised to represent the entity;
  • Document proving the title right on the site or rent agreement.

For connection of a new site and rearrangement of a site under the provisions of the SDA, the assignor also has to attach to the application for conclusion of connection agreement the following documents:

  • Entered into force permit for construction for the site;
  • Approved investment project – part “Architecture” and part “Electric Switchgear and Installation” for the site in the part concerning the installation of the connection facilities and the approach to them, in compliance with the preliminary agreement.
Design and construction of the technical facilities

Design and construction of the technical facilities

Following the signing of the connection agreement, at his expense, the respective network operator prepares and coordinates the detailed designs for the construction of the facilities for the connection of the site, for which the operator is responsible in accordance with the signed agreement.

The coordination term is 7 working days, and if coordination is needed with an operator that is not party to the preliminary agreement, the deadline is extended with the term for the required coordination, but not exceeding 30 days as of the submission of the designs.

  • As set out in art. 21, para 3 of the Ordinance the respective network operator starts the construction of the connection facilities after:
- The transfer of the ownership or the establishment of the right to construction in the case when in order to realise the connection facility element of the transmission or distribution network should be built in the property where the connected site is located and this is technically and constructively admissible;
- Establishment of easement rights by the owner of the property;
-Payment of the connection fee set out in the agreement.
Provision of voltage to the electricity facilities

Provision of voltage to the electricity facilities

Electricity facilities for the connection of the site to the electricity network are fed with voltage, when the requirements for the commissioning of the connected site are met, which is evidenced by:

  • Document for commissioning of the facilities for the connection, issued under the terms and conditions and procedure under the SDA;
  • Document for commissioning of the site, issued under the terms and conditions and procedure under SDA;
  • Declaration by the customer for compliance of his electric installations with the safety requirements and technical norms.

Voltage is fed only to the facilities up to the border of the ownership by the respective network operator or persons authorised by the operator within 7 days as of the date of submission of evidence by the customer that the customer has signed:

  • An agreement for transmission and access to the respective network;

An agreement for the supply of electric energy with a company licensed thereto.

 

Fee

The fee for the various stages of the electricity network connection procedure is specific for each  service provider.

 

Term

Many of the deadlines in the electricity transmission network connection procedure are  set out in the connection agreement, as well as by the specific operator.

 

For more information
For more information

Indicative fees for access and transmission to the various electricity distribution companies are available on the following websites:

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