Elektrilevi’s map of free capacities enables companies to save nearly a million euros by connecting to the power grid
Elektrilevi opened a public map of free capacities, which shows areas where connecting to the power grid is the fastest and cheapest for electricity producers and energy-intensive consumers. A company with a large power capacity can this way save close to a million euros.
“Our network area has many substations with free capacities. It means that in the case of such substations, the creation of a new network connection or an increase in the capacities necessary for a company does not require expensive constructions,” said Elektrilevi’s Subscription Service Manager Kaija Vill.
In the case of an electricity producer or large consumers joining the grid, the fee for joining is calculated based on actual costs that are needed for the construction of the connection with desired capacity, and it can often turn out to be very expensive and time-consuming.
“But if we have free capacities, it may be much cheaper for the customer. For example, reconstruction of a substation for connecting an energy-intensive customer to the grid may cost close to a million euros and take 2-4 years, depending on the volume of works. In the case of free capacity resource, the fee for the same subscriber may be less than 100,000 euros and the works would be completed within a year,” Vill gave an example
The map of free capacities is meant for large subscribers with more than 1 MW, both for producers and consumers of electricity. The map provides information for joining a part of the distribution network in 110 kV substations.
The exact free resource depends on subscription requests made for the specific substation - therefore, the map gives a general overview, but the exact free resource can be determined by submitting an application for subscription to Elektrilevi via the e-service.
Elektrilevi’s map of free capacities is located on the company’s website.
Elektrilevi is the largest network operator in Estonia and manages approximately 60,000 kilometres of power lines and 24,000 substations.