• The Spanish government suspends 90 days the connections to the electrical network of photovoltaic projects.
    • Pag 43889 of Royal Decree-Law 23/2020 of June 23, published in BOE nº 175 of June 24, 2020

“Therefore, a moratorium should be established on access applications until the approval of the new regulations for granting access permits, which should require applicants to further mature the projects and studies necessary before requesting access to a network knot. This will avoid mass speculative requests that are not backed by firm projects. In order that said moratorium is limited in time, the final provision regarding regulatory development contains a mandate to the Government and the National Commission of Markets and Competition to approve it within a maximum period of three months from the entry into force of this royal decree-law the corresponding regulatory provisions. ”

  • The uncontrolled race to obtain connection points causes the artificial saturation of the network by SPECULATIVE projects.
    • Pag 43895 of the Royal Decree-Law 23/2020 of June 23, published in BOE nº 175 of June 24, 2020

“The analysis of access permits for the last two quarters of 2019 shows that in the third quarter access permits were granted to 39,000 MW of photovoltaic and wind power plants and were denied due to lack of capacity at 21,000 MW. In the fourth quarter of that year, access permits were granted to 15,500 MW of photovoltaic and wind plants and were denied due to lack of capacity at 39,500 MW. This rapid increase in the rate of dismissals shows that the artificial saturation of the network by less mature speculative projects can cause damage to many generation projects that are backed by firm initiative and that can be classified as mature. “

  • The government and the National Commission of Markets and Competition declare a structural reform necessary and urgent.
    • Pag 43895 of the Royal Decree-Law 23/2020 of June 23, published in BOE nº 175 of June 24, 2020

“Thus, it is urgently necessary to face a structural reform in the access criteria and the connection to the transport and distribution networks, since the situation to be solved has acquired a situation of exponential degree and its lack of immediate resolution or a delay in time, implies considerably aggravating the application of the measures contemplated in this rule. ”

  • Additional indications of the eventual speculative component of a large part of the applications
    • Pag 43895 of the Royal Decree-Law 23/2020 of June 23, published in BOE nº 175 of June 24, 2020

“The insufficiency of the regulation in the matter prevents differentiating the requests corresponding to firm and viable projects from those that are due to speculative behavior in the procedural element of access and connection to the network. Beyond the excess of the figures presented, there are founded additional indications that reveal the possible speculative component of a large part of the applications, such as:

  • The low maturity of projects at the time of making requests for access or administrative authorization.
  • – The increase in requests in the last 16 months at an average rate close to 30,000 MW per month.
  • – In a large number of cases, once the access permission has been obtained, the holders of the same have not requested the connection permits, which in many cases is due to the absence of a real project or to a lack of maturity. Of the approximately 110,000 MW that have an access permit, more than 60% do not yet have a connection permit. ”