Demand customers can request changes to certain elements of their tracking agreements by sending a formal amendment to EirGrid. Change requests can be submitted to EirGrid by completing the request form(s) – see customer request form above – and paying the corresponding fee. When a customer intends to build an on-site production that runs parallel to the system as part of their installation, it is important that this is indicated in the application, as this can affect the connection method. Anyone wishing to build a production facility (including kwK on site) must obtain reb reb permit prior to the start of work and may also apply for REB production permission. Demand and production customers can request to request an Advanced Works package to advance certain jobs for their project before executing a modified connection agreement. When submitting an application form to EirGrid as a TSO, the application must be accompanied by all the supporting documents requested, including two signed copies of the standard EirGrid trust agreement and the first €7,000 (including VAT) of the application fee. The full application fee depends on the size of the facility. The formula for calculating this fee is defined in the annual statement of royalties. In June 2019, EirGrid released version 1 of the Data Center Connection Offer Process and Policy (DCCOPP), which defines the interconnection process and policy for data centers and consolidates existing and new policy measures into a single document to ensure customer clarity. Since then, customers have given feedback to EirGrid on the measures contained in the DCCOPP. We took that feedback and used it to update the document.
In particular, the flexible demand sections, on-site generation, advanced work packages, annual forecasts, phase 1 process and data release have been updated. Details regarding the connection, connection work, commissioning and key dates of a project are described in the follow-up agreement. Under the current policy, producers and customers of the application have the right to obtain a large part of their flat connection themselves. However, work by the TSO will still be required with regard to design, authorisation, commissioning, final connections and remote station work. It is extremely important that an applicant requesting a necessary connection accurately determines and specifies the MIC (the maximum amount of capacity or electricity to be used). If the MIC is changed during the connection request process, EirGrid may need to reassess the request, which may cause a delay in issuing the connection offer. A customer`s MIC determines the network capacity charges and if a customer consumes energy beyond their contacted MIC, they are responsible for unauthorized use without charge. EirGrid has launched a six-week consultation on its Connection Offer Process and Policy (DCCOPP) data center. The consultation paper asks for comments on a number of areas related to capacity allocation, MIC Ramping, scheduling planning authorization, data publishing, and the provision of system and demand response services.
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