Connection of producer above 30 kW

CONNECTION OF POWER PLANTS TO ELECTRICITY NETWORKS, EXCEPT THOSE UNDER THE RENEWABLE ENERGY ACT, AND OF RENEWABLE ENERGY GENERATION FACILITIES UNDER ARTICLE 23, ARTICLE 24, ITEM 2, 3, 4 AND ARTICLE 25 OF THE RENEWABLE ENERGY ACT

Producers’ facilities are joined to the electricity distribution network of CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD pursuant to the terms and conditions of Ordinance № 6/24.02.2014 on joining of producers and consumers of electricity to the electricity transmission or distribution networks – in force from 04.04.2014 and pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Renewable Energy Act (REA)

Every client who wants to join a power plant to the electricity distribution network of CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD should go through the following stages:

Stage І. Filing an application for the service studying the conditions for joining a power plant to the electricity network

For the purposes of studying the conditions for joining a facility to the electricity network the person requesting such joining should file a written request in CEZ Bulgaria EAD customer service center. Copies of documents specified in the form should be enclosed to the request.

For the purposes of filling in and filing a request for study, you will need the following information:

  • Copy of document for paid fee for studying the conditions and method for joining, as per the pricelist of services of the respective network operator approved by the Energy and Water Regulatory Commission.
  • Description of the reserve source of energy, if any, and of its operation mode;
  • Copy of design permit or enforced detailed set-up plan, if such should be issued pursuant to the provisions of the Spatial Development Act;
  • A document certifying the property right of the land plot;
  • Precise mailing address, phone and fax number and e-mail of the person;
  • Main characteristics of the primary energy source;
  • Requirements to the security of supply for own needs by groups and powers;
  • Installed generating capacity, operation modes, estimate generation of electricity (monthly schedule) by stages of commissioning, technical details of the main facilities and of the power plant in general;
  • Deadline and stages for commissioning of the power plant;
  • Name and location of the power plant (address, list of land plots within which it will be erected);

Upon filing the request under paragraph 1, a fee for study works of external electricity supply should be paid as per approved Pricelist of services provided by the Company.

*Time period for provision of the service – 30 calendar days, which starts on the date of payment of the service fee.

In case the documents are incomplete or do not meet the requirements of Ordinance № 6/24.02.2014 on joining of producers and consumers of electricity to the electricity transmission or distribution networks, within 14 days of the date of filing CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD notifies in writing the person who has filed the request to eliminate any irregularities found within 30 days, whereas the company may ask for additional information about the characteristics of the joined facility.

In case the person who has filed the request fails to eliminate the irregularities and discrepancies in the documents or fails to submit any additionally required documents and information within 30 days, the facility joining procedure is terminated, and a new request for studying the conditions for joining should be filed and a new service fee should be paid to start new procedure.

Stage ІІ. Conditions for joining

Within 30 calendar days as from the date of the request for study and payment of the fee, CEZ Electrorazpredelenie Bulgaria AD makes and proposes the requesting persons an opinion about the conditions for joining of the facility.

The issued opinions about the conditions and method for joining of power plants to the electricity networks, except those under the REA, are valid for a period of one year.

The issued opinions about the conditions and method for joining of power plants to the electricity networks, renewable energy generation facilities under article 23, article 24, item 2, 3, 4, or article 25 of REA, are valid for a period of six months.

The person who has received an opinion for joining files a request to the network operator for making a preliminary contract for joining of the power plant, and in case of change of the circumstances declared upon filing the request for study encloses the respective documents to such request.

The network operator makes and proposes a draft preliminary agreement for joining of the power plant within 30 days of the date of receipt of the request for entering into preliminary contract.

Stage ІІІ. Terms and conditions for entering into contract for joining (final):

The person who has requested the joining files in a Customer Service Center a form of written request for entering into contract for joining of a producer and encloses copies of the documents specified in the form:

  • Construction permit for the facilities to be joined
  • Work projects – part Electro on hard copy;
  • Approved investment design – at technical design phase – part Architecture and part Constructive, relevant to the installation of the joining facilities and the access thereto;
  • Documents verifying the rights of the client to construct or expand the power plant;
  • Notarized power of attorney of the person who is authorized to represent the client;
  • Good standing certificate of the trader and unique identification code from the commercial register;

Within one month of submitting the request for entering into contract for joining, CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD:

  • Sends a written invitation for entering into contract for joining to the person who has filed the request;
  • Prepares the contract;
  • Approves the submitted parts of the work projects of the electric units and appliances of the facility to be joined;

In terms of renewable energy power plants under article 23, article 24, item 2, 3, 4 and article 25 of REA, if no procedure for entering into contract for joining has been commenced within one year of entering into the preliminary contract or of issuing the opinion for the conditions for joining, the joining procedure is terminated and a new request for studying the conditions for joining should be filed and a new service fee should be paid to start new procedure.

If the operator of the distribution network needs to enter into contract for joining with the operator of the transmission network, the deadline for entering into contract is extended with the duration of negotiations with the transmission company.

In terms of power plants, except those under REA, a new request for studying the conditions for joining of the power plant could be filed if no procedure for entering into contract for joining has been started within two years after the entering into the preliminary contract for the conditions for joining by fault of the client under article 59 of Ordinance № 6/2014.

For the joining of the facility to the electricity distribution network, the person who has entered into contract for joining pays a joining fee under Ordinance № 1/18.03.2013 on the regulation of prices of electricity /in force from 5.04.2013/, in the way and within the time periods fixed in the contract for joining.

Stage ІV. Design and construction of electricity facilities

The construction and commissioning of facilities to be joined should be performed by CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD within the agreed time periods and stages pursuant to article 62, paragraph 4 of Ordinance №6/2014.

CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD starts the construction of facilities to be joined upon:

  • establishing a right to construction and easements by the owner of the property;
  • issuing a construction permit.
  • client’s payment of the joining fee fixed in the contract for joining.

On the grounds of article 62, paragraph 5 of Ordinance № 6/2014 the client may undertake an obligation for designing and construction of the facilities to be joined and in this case the facilities to be joined shall be transferred in return of payment to CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD on the basis of mutually recognized expenses after their legal commissioning.

Stage V. Terms and conditions for acquisition of joining facilities constructed pursuant to article 62, paragraph 5 of Ordinance 6

When he is ready to sign Act 15 for the facilities to be joined, the client files a request for appointment of acceptance commission from CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD. The request is filed in the Customer Service Center in a form. Copies of the documents specified in the form should be enclosed to the request.

After the meeting of the acceptance commission and signed Act 15, the client proceeds to commissioning of the facilities to be joined and submits the documents for commissioning (certificate for commissioning and permit to use) to a customer service center. Among the documents specified in the form, only those that have not been submitted to the commission for Act 15 should be enclosed.

Upon compiling the full dossier of the facility, CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD makes and proposes to the client for signature a draft contract for purchase and sale of facilities to be joined. The establishment/transfer of property rights and easements in favour of CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD is an obligatory condition for making the contract for purchase and sale.

* You can find more detailed information about the procedure for settlement of property rights here.

Stage VI. Entering into contract for access with the electricity distribution network operator.

Producers of electricity generated by power plants except those under REA as well as by renewable energy generation facilities under article 23, article 24, item 2, 3, 4 and article 25 of REA, needs to enter into contract for access with the distribution network operator before entering into the electricity purchase agreement. For this purpose, they should file an application form in the customer service center.

Stage VII. Entering into contract for sale (purchase) of generated electricity at freely agreed prices.

The contract for sale (purchase) of generated electricity at freely agreed prices and a contract for balancing with a balancing group coordinator are entered into upon issue of written confirmation (certificate) by CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD for the facilities’ readiness to be joined, upon payment of joining fee and before the issue of an Order for putting under voltage by CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD.

Stage VIII. Joining clients’ facilities to the electricity distribution network and putting the facilities under voltage for conducting single, complex 72-hours tests in operation conditions and turning the generator on in parallel with the power system

 The complex 72 hours test in operation conditions are performed under the established operating procedure upon client’s submission of the following documents to the network operator:

  • written request in a customer service center by the producer or by an authorized person thereof for carrying out complex 72 hours test under operation conditions
  • electricity sales agreement with end supplier/ last instance supplier for facilities joined to MV
  • contract for trader’s purchase of the electricity generated during the 72 hours test
  • special requirements to the network operator during the 72 hours test;
  • time schedule for carrying out the 72 hours test;
  • description of modifications occurred during the construction process in comparison to the submitted designs under article 59, paragraph 1, item 5 of Ordinance № 6/24.02.2014 on joining of producers and consumers of electricity to the electricity transmission or distribution networks;
  • declaration for availability of trained operational electricians who are aware of the requirements of the ordinance as provided for in article 115 of the Energy Act;
  • list of operational staff of the power plant that will maintain contact with the network operator;
  • details under article 78 of Ordinance № 6/24.02.2014;
  • another information pursuant to the requirements of the ordinance under article 115 of the Energy Act.
  • turning a generator on in parallel to the power system upon issue of certificate for commissioning of the power plant and the facilities to be joined.

Before turning on, in his capacity of producer, the client enters into and submits:

    • contract for access to the electricity distribution network of CEZ Razpredelenie Bulgaria AD;
    • contract for sale (purchase) of generated electricity at freely agreed prices entered into with a trader on the free market and a contract for balancing entered into with a balancing group coordinator – for the power plants different from those listed in article 24.1 of REA
    • contract/agreement for sale of electricity for non-household needs for the power plant as a consumer of electricity
    • contract for transfer of title of the facilities to be joined in favour of the distribution companies in case the facilities to be joined are constructed pursuant to the procedure under article 62, paragraph 5 of Ordinance № 6/2014.
  • copy of the document for commissioning of the power plant issued under the terms and conditions of the Spatial Development Act
  • document for commissioning of the facilities to be joined issued pursuant to the terms and conditions of the Spatial Development Act;

You can apply for the service in a customer service center of CEZ Bulgaria by means of a written request. The documents specified in the form should be enclosed to the request.