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Grid connection demand increased by 31% for energy and 170% for gas in H1-2021

26 January 2022
Bogdan Tudorache

Customers’ connection requests in Romania increased by 31% in electricity and by 170% in the case of natural gas in the first half of 2021 (H1), but distribution operators did not keep up with demand.

Thus, in the case of electricity, while the number of connection requests received by distribution operators in the first half of 2021 from household customers increased by 31% compared to the first half of 2020, the number of places of consumption increased by only 1.4%, is shown in an analysis of the Competition Council.

In the case of natural gas, the number of connection requests sent by household customers increased by about 170% in the first half of 2021 compared to the same period in 1 2020, while the number of consumption places registered an advance of only 3.6%.

In the second half of 2020, the primary legislative framework on the process of connection to electricity and gas distribution networks and systems underwent significant changes, with the electricity or gas distribution operator having the obligation to connect all household final customer applicants within 90 days from the date of obtaining the building permit, with the recovery of connection costs in a period of 5 years. These changes were followed by the ANRE issuance of the secondary legislation, in the first quarter of 2021.

“In this context, at the request of the Romanian Parliament, the competition authority started an analysis regarding the activity of connecting domestic customers to the natural gas distribution systems and to the electricity distribution networks. In these procedures, the Competition Council analyzed the changes brought to the regulatory framework and requested the distribution operators data and information on the connection process, also having discussions with some of these operators. The competition authority also transmitted its opinions on certain draft normative acts of primary and secondary regulation,” says the Competition authority.

Following the analysis, it turned out that if the legislation would allow local public authorities to fully finance the development of electricity and natural gas distribution networks and systems, the grid connection activity could be boosted. As a result, the Competition Council recommends adapting the legislation to allow local authorities to fully fund network development work.

“The Competition Council publishes the Interim Report on the connection of household customers to natural gas distribution systems and electricity distribution networks. The document presents the activity of connection to distribution networks and systems, including the activities and stages of this process, the evolutions of the framework applicable regulations, certain elements extracted from the questionnaires filled in by the distribution operators, as well as some of the problems indicated by them regarding the connection process,” say the Competition Council officials.

Autor: Bogdan Tudorache

Active in the economic and business press for the past 26 years, Bogdan graduated Law and then attended intensive courses in Economics and Business English. He went up to the position of editor-in-chief since 2006 and has provided management and editorial policy for numerous economic publications dedicated especially to the community of foreign investors in Romania. From 2003 to 2013 he was active mainly in the financial-banking sector. He started freelancing for Energynomics in 2013, notable for his advanced knowledge of markets, business communities and a mature editorial style, both in Romanian and English.

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