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RAE questions PPC limits for photovoltaic units

Δημοσίευση 21 Ιανουαρίου 2011, 12:51 / Ανανεώθηκε 27 Ιουνίου 2013, 14:55
RAE questions PPC limits  for photovoltaic units
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The Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) on Thursday questioned the methods used by the Public Power Corporation (PPC) to set limits for photovoltaics in the power grids of 16 prefectures in the country, which led the PPC to stop accepting further applications for photovoltaic installations to be hooked up to the national grid in those areas.

The Regulatory Authority for Energy (RAE) on Thursday questioned the methods used by the Public Power Corporation (PPC) to set limits for photovoltaics in the power grids of 16 prefectures in the country, which led the PPC to stop accepting further applications for photovoltaic installations to be hooked up to the national grid in those areas.

RAE chairman Nikos Vasilakos sent a letter to PPC head Arthouros Zervos asking for clarifications concerning the technical restrictions the PPC took into account in setting the limit for each area, as well as specific examples of how these restrictions were applied.

He noted also that the reasons given by PPC to justify its decision, namely that the network would be "saturated" and that it would be impossible to cover the demands at reasonable cost and within a reasonable space of time, had to be made more specific and actually indicate what the power company considered "reasonable cost" and time.

Among others, Vasilakos asked whether PPC had considered the possibility of small-scale investments that would greatly increase the networks' ability to absorb more power, such as improving lines, installing devices to offset unused power and others.

Clarifications on this issue were also given on Wednesday by the leadership of the environment and energy ministry, which said that a working team had been set up between the ministries involved and the PPC in order to find solutions to the problems that had arisen, noting that these were mostly local and did not concern entire prefectures.

According to the PPC, the electricity grids in the prefectures of Viotia, Karditsa, Fthiotida, Eurytania, Kastoria, Kilkis, Kozani, Xanthi, Florina, Aitoloakarnania, Arta, Preveza, Messinia, Ileia, Arcadia and Lakonia should be considered 'saturated' and authorities should stop accepted new applications for photovoltaic units in those areas.