Аccording to members of the Solar Energy Association of Ukraine, the dispatchers of the TSO and DSO provided commands for unloading the “green” generation for two days in a row – both on Saturday and Sunday.
In particular, on Saturday, April 10, producers from Dnipropetrovsk, Zhytomyr, Kyiv, Kirovohrad, Mykolaiv, Odesa, Kherson, Cherkasy and several other regions had to limit electricity production from RES to almost 6% for almost 6 hours.
On Sunday, April 11, the curtailments began before dawn in the Kherson region – as early as 5 am. Vinnytsia, Zhytomyr, Ternopil, Kharkiv, Cherkasy and other regions were also restricted. The power plants operated at a capacity of 5 to 25% of the installed capacity. In the evening, around 6 pm, the restrictions were lifted. For the first time, restrictions on RES lasted a record 12 hours.
Restrictions on RES producers may be applied only if all available requests from other balancing market participants to reduce their workload have been accepted or a force majeure situation has arisen that has caused systemic restrictions on the entire energy sector, as provided in Chapter 4.18. Market rules.
“Hundreds of RES producers across Ukraine are concerned about what is happening. From April 1 to 11, green energy producers were limited to 4 days. If the commands for restrictions are issued so often – this indicates a systemic imbalance in the power complex. We will insist on a detailed study of each fact of limiting the “green” generation and the reasons that caused them, “said the head of the Solar Energy Association of Ukraine Artem Semenyshyn.
Green energy producers are even more determined – they consider such actions of the TSO to be a conscious pressure on “green” energy by state bodies and institutions, and plan to defend their rights and collect compensation for restrictions through the courts.
As of today, due to restrictions, clean electricity producers may suffer losses, as so far no company has received compensation provided by law for forced outages that occurred last year. Another equally important problem caused by coercive generation restrictions is the emergence of imbalances for which producers are currently required to pay fines. ASEU sees in the current regulations of the National Commission for Regulation of Economic Competition a legal conflict that needs to be resolved urgently. To this end, the Solar Energy Association of Ukraine addressed Valery Tarasyuk, Chairman of the National Commission for Solar Energy, on April 2.
We will remind you, the first restrictions of producers of environmentally friendly energy took place this year on March 11.