All three electricity distributors in the Czech
Republic have stopped accepting applications to reserve grid
capacity from new photovoltaic and wind power plants.
This does not affect power plants that have already
reserved grid capacity.
This moves follows a warning by CEPS, the sole
operator of the Czech electricity transmission system, that the
system would become overloaded if the recent boom in the number of
photovoltaic power and wind plants were to continue at its current
It is not clear for how long new applications will
be suspended. It is expected that they will start to be accepted
again once the distributors have agreed stricter rules for
reserving grid capacity. This could happen as soon as March.
Under Czech law, the grid operator does not have to
connect a new plant to the grid when there is a lack of
distribution capacity or when it would endanger the reliable
operation of the electricity grid system.
Law: Section 4 (2) of Act No. 180/2005 Coll., on
Renewable Energy Support