A new “electrical” code comes into force on 3 January in Morocco

The Board of the National Electricity Regulatory Authority (ANRE) approved, in its sixth session, the Code of the National Electricity Transmission Network (CRENT), which will come into force on 3 January 2022. The CRENT had been established by the National Transmission System Operator (TSO) and submitted to ANRE for approval, in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 48-15 on the creation of the Authority and on the regulation of the electricity sector, says ANRE in a presentation note on the CRENT.

The said code establishes, in a non-discriminatory manner, the technical requirements for connection and access to the national electricity transmission network, including interconnections, ANRE states.

“The Code, as a new essential milestone on the path traced by the directives of King Mohammed VI for the success of the energy transition of our country, will also rule on the rules concerning the planning and operation of the said network as well as on the modalities of data exchange and collaboration between the TSO and all the users of the network”, the same source underlines.

In this respect, ANRE has favoured a participatory approach by setting up working groups with the TSO and organising hearings of public and private players in the electricity sector, in particular, private producers, the Energy Federation, the Directorate of Local Public Networks of the Ministry of the Interior, and a collection of opinions on its website: “www.anre.ma”.

Throughout this process, the press release continues, ANRE has maintained close contact with the TSO in order to take into account the comments and suggestions of the users of the electricity transmission network and thus achieve a balance that guarantees the interests of the different public and private stakeholders and the need to preserve the viability and sustainability of the national electricity system. “CRENT is an evolving process.

CRENT will not fail, when the time comes, to take into account the lessons learnt from its application in the field as well as future economic, legal and technological evolutions which could make its amendment indispensable, in perfect consultation between ANRE, the TSO and the various parties concerned”, the same source affirms.

In addition, the ANRE Board had unanimously approved, during its fifth session held on November 9, 2021 in Laayoune the guidelines for the separation of the accounting of the electricity transmission activity from all other activities of ONEE and the guidelines of the TSO Code of Conduct, developed in accordance with the best practices commonly accepted at the international level to accelerate the implementation of these two projects

The law n° 48-15 relating to the regulation of the electricity sector and the creation of ANRE aims to accompany the deep mutations of the renewable energy sector, to increase its attractiveness for private investors, to ensure competition and transparency of the electricity sector, to reinforce the confidence of the financial backers, investors and industrial actors and to facilitate the integration of Morocco in the Euro-Mediterranean and West African energy markets.

As soon as law n°48-15 came into force on 22 April 2021, ANRE ensured the launch of priority projects related to its mission, in order to ensure the deployment of a transparent, impartial and independent regulation of the electricity sector in favour of a controlled transition.

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