The Regulatory Authority for Energy has issued a decision amending the Electricity Balancing Rulebook and establishing measures aimed at ensuring its proper functioning and effective competition in the market. The amendments concern the setting of limits in the submission of offers for upward and downward energy balancing and the suspension of the possibility of balancing service providers submitting balancing electricity offers with negative prices.
Regulatory Authority for Energy Decision 1615/2020 – which approves the Public Gas Distribution Networks SA 2021 to 2025 development programme for the distribution network for the rest of Greece (ie, areas of Greece other than Attica, Thessalonica and Thessaly) – was recently published in the Official Journal. The approved programme is largely similar to the previously approved 2020 to 2025 programme, except for the length of the network in West Macedonia.
In 2020 the Regulatory Authority for Energy issued Decision 1426/2020 – the guarantees manual for the Electricity Transmission System Operation Code. According to Section 11.3 of the code, all persons which are registered in the Electricity Transmission System Operator Register must provide sufficient guarantees throughout the duration of the power transmission operator transactions contract for the fulfilment of their obligations under said contract.
In December 2020 a new ministerial decision was published which, among other things, amended the ministerial decision concerning the determination of a special framework of priority for the granting of permanent connection offers to renewable energy source and high-efficiency cogeneration of heat and power plants by the electricity network operator. This new legislative tool is orientated towards the fast evaluation of pending applications and the simplification of the relevant procedure as a whole.
In October 2020 Law 4736/2020 concerning the reduction of the impact of certain plastic products on the environment was published in the Official Gazette. According to Article 20 of the law, a new article has been added to Law 4416/2016 regarding the declaration of readiness for the connection of renewable energy source stations to the distribution network or transmission system.