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Clifford Chance

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Key elements of the new spanish Royal Decree on access and connection to the electricity transmission and distribution grids

16 April 2021

Spanish Royal Decree 1183/2020, of 29 December, on access and connection to the electricity transmission and distribution grids ("RD 1183") entered into force on 31 December 2020. Pending approval of the circular on access and connection by the Spanish and Markets and Competition Commission (the "CNMC"), RD 1183 establishes a new, simpler and more transparent framework for access and connection to the electrical grids, in the context of rising demand for power plants to be granted access to the grids, spurred on by state commitments to combating climate change.
RD 1183 also brings the definitive entry into force of Article 33 of the Electricity Sector Act (seven years after its approval), although the moratorium on new access permits for power plants has still not been lifted.
Given RD 1183's length, we will focus on analysing its most relevant elements.

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