December 2, 2019

Modification of Distributed Generation Law presented in Viña del Mar

Modification of Distributed Generation Law presented in Viña del Mar
The seminar was held to increase awareness of regulatory changes regarding distributed generation for self-consumption, including both procedural and technical issues.

A Training Seminar on the Law on Distributed Generation for Self-Consumption (Law N° 21.118) was held at the Miraflores campus of the Viña del Mar University. Its main purpose was to explain regulatory aspects of the Law, such as the new connection procedure, the new regulation for systems with remote transfers and for jointly owned systems, the regulatory technical framework, good and bad practices in the installation of photovoltaic systems and requirements for commissioning photovoltaic installations connected to the Chilean grid.

Speakers at the seminar, organized by the Energy Ministry and the Superintendency of Electricity and Fuels (SEC), included the Energy Ministry’s Regional Representative (SEREMI), Gonzalo Le Dantec, and the Regional Director of the SEC, Patricio Velásquez. It was attended by over 100 people, including electrical installers, representatives of local industry, officials from public institutions and citizens interested in self-supply of electricity through their own generation equipment.

Energy SEREMI Gonzalo Le Dantec thanked those attending for their interest. “For the Energy Ministry, it is very important to be able to convey the need to advance in implementation of the Distributed Generation Law; we hope that the modifications we are working on help to foster ever greater use of this type of generation in the community at the local level, since we know that it represents progress from the point of view of electricity generation,” he said.

“We understand that we have to move towards a much cleaner matrix and that is why, at the Ministry, we are very committed to the development and promotion of renewable energies and this is a way to change the model,” added Le Dantec.

Danilo Jara, a professional at the Energy Ministry’s Sustainable Energy Division, indicated that “the objective of this seminar is to increase awareness of the regulatory changes regarding distributed generation for self-consumption, in terms of both procedural and technical issues. This is the third version [of the seminar]; we have traveled throughout Chile doing these seminars in all the regional capitals and, now that the Law has changed and the regulation is also being updated, we saw that it was timely to hold another one.”

Modifications to the Law on Distributed Generation or Citizen Generation

The law now allows neighbors to install community renewable energy generation systems.

The systems can be up to three times larger than before since the limit has been raised from 100 kW to 300 kW.

If there is a surplus, residential clients, foundations, NGOs and others, who cannot discount it at the end of the year, can receive payment.

Discounts apply to all supply charges (not only the charge for energy).

The options for transferring surpluses to installations with the same owner have been expanded (not only buildings).

Return of payment for surpluses not discounted for:

Residential clients with connected power of up to 20 kW

Non-profit bodies with connected power of up to 50 kW.

In order to receive payment, other clients with up to 300 kW must show that the system was originally designed for self-consumption

Expiry of surpluses after five years and awareness-raising among all users.

Eduardo González, an electricity technician and mechanical engineer, valued the training: “I found the presentations very good; it’s important to advance in line with needs because we have to remember that Chile should be decarbonizing between now and 2040 so this is a good opportunity for us installers to boost and contribute to what the state wants.”

The seminar also included a discussion about regulatory changes related to the advent of electromobility in Chile, highlighting the requirements for electromobility products and their installation and operation.

Source: Energy Ministry