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What you need to know about grid-connection charges?

Surely their name already gives you some idea. Here we clarify it for you. Grid connection charges are a type of service connection charge. Specifically, these charges refer to the operation carried out to connect the supply point with the electricity grid of the distribution company, thus ensuring that the energy reaches your home.

Did you know that these are the most commonly paid connection charges? We remind you that service connection charges are all the costs involved in the operations needed to start up a new supply point or to modify an existing one. If you are moving home or your energy consumption is changing considerably, you will need to learn about all of them.

 

When is it necessary to pay them?

The first step in talking about grid connection charges is to previously have an installation in the property or premises. If any of the following situations arise, a series of actions will have to be carried out and an established amount needs to be paid to the distributor.

  • When you register a new electricity connection. Regardless of which company is chosen, the company has to make a connection between the receiving installation and the grid. In addition to this expense, other service connection charges need to be paid, such as extension fees in certain cases, or access fees, which must be paid whenever there is a new registration.
  • If you want to increase the contracted power. Any amendment to the contract requires this process to be carried out.
  • If you want to reduce the contracted power. As in the previous case, grid connection charges must be paid for the fact that the equipment has to be accessed and manipulated.
  • When a rate change occurs. That is, when going from a fixed rate to an hourly discrimination tariff, or vice versa.

A change of company is not one of these cases. The company will not be able to apply grid connection charges for this reason to any customers. It would only be justified if any of the situations described above is associated with that change, such as a change in contracted power. Nor is it required to be paid if the supply has been shut off for less than three years, in which case it would be only be necessary to re-register it.

In any case, it is important to analyse and evaluate your own needs in order to decide from the onset what is the rate and power that is most suitable to contract, to save on grid connection charges and not have to pay them more than once.

It is recommended to evaluate carefully the type of rate and the power needed right from the start in order to save on grid connection charges.

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What is its price and how is it paid?

There is a fixed price of €9.04/kW plus VAT, established and regulated by the Ministry of Industry, Tourism and Commerce, but the total price will depend on the number of actions the technician must perform and whether the connection in question is high or low voltage.

These costs will appear reflected in the bill issued after the process by the reseller with which it has been contracted, although it is the distribution company that finally receives them.

 

And if the decision is to modify the contracted power?

This is not a problem. Although it is advisable to know from the beginning which one is the most suitable, it is true that needs change and an adjustment in the supply power could easily be required.

So the benefit obtained will offset the cost, which in the event of a decrease in the energy that we are going to receive, will only be the €9.04/kW plus VAT associated with the contractual amendment.

In the event of a power increase, the installation certificate must be up-to-date and appropriate for the new power to be contracted. In addition, other service connection charges must be paid, such as extension fees, namely those that in this case refer to the difference in contracted kilowatts and access charges, which are what allow the new chosen energy power to use the electricity transmission network.

 

And in the event of a rate change?

The same thing happens as in the previous case. As this involves a contractual amendment, €9.04/kW plus VAT must be paid. This is a worthwhile expense when personal circumstances vary and, therefore, the rate of domestic energy consumption is also different. Because if a person’s life changes, their rate should change too.

In short, grid connection charges relate to the needs that arise when moving home or changing the way energy is consumed. So it will be very likely that, at some point in your life, if you have not done so already, you will get to know them very closely.

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