The Council of the National Electricity Regulatory Authority (ANRE) approved, at its sixth session, the Code of the National Electricity Transmission Network (CRENT), which will come into force on January 3, 2022. The CRENT had been established by the National Transmission System Operator (GRT) and submitted to the ANRE for approval, in accordance with the provisions of Law No. 48-15 establishing the Authority and relating to the regulation of the sector electricity, indicates the ANRE in a presentation note relating to this CRENT.
Said code fixes, in a non-discriminatory manner, the technical requirements concerning connection and access to the national electricity transmission network, including interconnections, specifies the ANRE.
“The Code, as a new essential milestone on the path traced by the High Directives of HM 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 said network as well as on the methods of data exchange and collaboration between the TSO and all network users ”, underlines the same source. As such, ANRE has favored the participatory approach through the establishment of working groups with the TSO and the organization of hearings with public and private actors in the electricity sector, in particular, private producers, the Energy Federation, the Department 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 continued, the ANRE maintained close contact with the TSO in order to take into account the comments and suggestions of users of the electricity transmission network and thus achieve a balance guaranteeing the interests of the operators. different public and private stakeholders and the need to preserve the viability and sustainability of the national electricity system. “CRENT has an evolving character. CRENT will not fail, when the time comes, to take into account the lessons learned from its application in the field as well as future economic, legal and technological developments which could make its amendment essential, in perfect consultation between ANRE, the TSO and the different parties involved, ”says the same source.
In addition, the ANRE Council unanimously approved, during its fifth session held on November 9, 2021 in Laâyoune, the guiding principles for the accounting separation of the electricity transmission activity from all other ONEE activities and the guiding principles of the GRT’s Code of Conduct, drawn up in accordance with best practices commonly accepted at the international level to accelerate the implementation of these two projects.
Law n ° 48-15 relating to the regulation of the electricity sector and the creation of the ANRE aims to support the profound changes in the renewable energy sector, to increase its attractiveness for private investors, to ensure competition and transparency in the electricity sector, to strengthen the confidence of donors, investors and industrial players and to facilitate Morocco’s integration into the Euro-Mediterranean and West African energy markets.
From the entry into force of Law 48-15 on April 22, 2021, ANRE ensured the launch of priority projects relating to its mission, with a view to ensuring the deployment of transparent, impartial regulation. and independent from the electricity sector in favor of a controlled transition.