Red Eléctrica de España has today finished presenting its comments and arguments to the draft Circulars issued by the Spanish National Markets and Competition Commission (CNMC) regarding the remuneration model of the electricity system operator and that of the electricity transmission activity, as well as the financial remuneration rate that affects both activities. This has been done within the period established by the regulator and within the framework of the public information and consultation process.
The comments and arguments, contained in a 160-page document, address more than 75 aspects, and its objective is to contributing towards establishing a regulatory environment that will enable the Company to face its key role as sole transmission agent and operator of the electricity system when tackling the major challenge posed by the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan regarding the integration of renewable energy. Furthermore, and more importantly, so that the Company can undertake the significant volume of investment (from private financing) that will be required by the ecological transition process and the transformation the electricity system requires in order to move towards smart grids and the introduction of artificial intelligence.
In line with the indications that the Ministry for the Ecological Transition has reflected in its recent reports on the draft Circulars, the comments and arguments presented by Red Eléctrica are meant to contribute to align the regulation with the energy policy guidelines, and therefore they focus on the following aspects:
Red Eléctrica de España is confident that the public consultation process, together with the announcement by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition to convene the Cooperation Commission, will allow those discrepancies that have arisen to be addressed and will also contribute to the design of a stable and adequate regulatory framework in order to successfully take on the challenges posed by the energy transition to which the Company is fully committed to. This will enable an electricity system such as ours, which is of the highest quality, to continue to be maintained; a system whose efficiency is clearly demonstrated considering that the cost for the electricity transmission activity represents just 4% of the overall system costs.