Significant Power Generating Module
European Union Electricity Market Glossary


 

Significant Power Generating Module means a power generating module which is deemed significant on the basis of its impact on cross-border system performance via influence on the control area's security of supply (Article 2(9) of the Network Code on requirements for grid connection of generators (NC RfG)).

 

Article 3(1) of the Network Code on requirements for grid connection of generators

 

The connection requirements set out in this Regulation shall apply to new power generating modules which are considered significant in accordance with Article 5, unless otherwise provided.


 

 

Article 5 of the Network Code on requirements for grid connection of generators

Determination of significance

 

1. The power generating modules shall comply with the requirements on the basis of the voltage level of their connection point and their maximum capacity according to the categories set out in paragraph 2.

 

2. Power generating modules within the following categories shall be considered as significant:

(a) connection point below 110 kV and maximum capacity of 0.8 kW or more (type A);

 

(b) connection point below 110 kV and maximum capacity at or above a threshold proposed by each relevant TSO in accordance with the procedure laid out in paragraph 3 (type B). This threshold shall not be above the limits for type B power generating modules contained in Table 1;

 

(c) connection point below 110 kV and maximum capacity at or above a threshold specified by each relevant TSO in accordance with paragraph 3 (type C). This threshold shall not be above the limits for type C power generating modules contained in Table 1; or

 

(d) connection point at 110 kV or above (type D). A power generating module is also of type D if its connection point is below 110 kV and its maximum capacity is at or above a threshold specified in accordance with paragraph 3. This threshold shall not be above the limit for type D power generating modules contained in Table 1.

 

 

Synchronous Area

 

Limit for maximum capacity threshold from which on a power generating module is of type B

 

 

Limit for maximum capacity threshold from which on a power generating module is of type C

 

Limit for maximum capacity threshold from which on a power generating module is of type D

Continental Europe

1 MW

50 MW

75 MW

Great Britain

1 MW

50 MW

75 MW

Nordic

1.5 MW

10 MW

30 MW

Ireland and Northern Ireland

0.1 MW

5 MW

10 MW

Baltic

0.5 MW

10 MW

15 MW

 

Table 1: Limits for thresholds for type B, C and D power generating modules

 

3. Proposals for maximum capacity thresholds for types B, C and D power generating modules shall be subject to approval by the competent regulatory authority. In forming proposals the relevant TSO shall coordinate with adjacent TSOs and DSOs and shall conduct a public consultation in accordance with Article 10. A proposal by the relevant TSO to change the thresholds shall not be made sooner than three years after the previous proposal.

 

4. Power generating facility owners shall assist this process and provide data as requested by the relevant TSO.

 

5. If, as a result of modification of the thresholds, a power generating module qualifies under a different type, the procedure laid down in paragraph 3 of Article 4 concerning existing power generating modules shall apply before compliance with the requirements for the new type is required.

 

 

See also:

 

Significant Grid User (SGU)

 

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