New renewables law in Serbia limits connection capacity to keep grid stable

May 1, 2023 12:01 PM ET
  • The new Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources is coming into force. Minister of Mining and also Energy of Serbia Dubravka Đedović said the new framework enables auctions for electricity from new capacities.
New renewables law in Serbia limits connection capacity to keep grid stable
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The National Assembly of Serbia passed the changes to the Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources. One of the rules is that financiers will certainly be able to avoid grid operators delaying the connection of their power plants to the grid if they add battery storage systems.

The suggested limitations to photovoltaic capacity for houses and also companies that intend to come to be prosumers has caused controversies. At some point, a decision was made to make the ceilings greater than initially prepared. Minister of Mining and also Energy Dubravka Đedović insisted that a compromise was attained-- the maximum for homes was readied to 10.8 kW while services will be able to install approximately 5 MW, however only till July next year, when the limit will certainly be lowered to simply 150 kW.

Grid overloads amid a lack of capacity and also the variability of renewable energy manufacturing are raising the obstacles for the countries of Southeastern Europe as well as past, as does the demand for balancing energy. Its function is to offset shortfalls in forecasted outcome, specifically for wind as well as solar power plants.

Amongst the new arrangements, the distribution system driver-- state-owned utility Elektrodistribucija Srbije-- have to limit the linked renewables capacity to 80% of the capacity of the substation at the point of shipment of electricity to the transmission system. The ceiling applies for substations of as much as 16 MW. Prosumers, legitimately specified as buyers-producers, aren't consisted of in the calculation.

Power plants above 10 MW that use recurring sources can't be attached to the distribution network (low-voltage system), however just to the transmission grid, according to the new Law on the Use of Renewable Energy Sources.

The Government of Serbia argued that it is essential to incorporate even more grid energy while making certain the stability of the electrical energy system at the same time. Minister Đedović claimed the modifications enable auctions for new renewable energy capacities.

The new rules protect the provider of last resort, government-owned company Elektroprivreda Srbije, from the monetary threat of stabilizing responsibility for all renewable electricity manufacturers, the ministry pointed out. The law kept the responsibility just for fortunate manufacturers that went into the rewards system as well as for a limited period.

Big commercial producers will certainly have the ability to exercise their right to self-consumption through the energetic purchaser idea when the Law on Energy is changed, according to the Ministry of Mining and also Energy.

The new regulations ought to contribute to the optimization of financial investments in the family industry in accordance with a practical degree of yearly consumption and also to discourage them from making use of electrical energy for home heating when it is the most expensive, the statement includes.

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