Factsheet: RE in microproduction units

RE in microproduction units

Key Information

Country/Region:

Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Decree-Law No. 363/2007 of 2 November - legal framework for renewable electricity generated by ‘microproduction units’
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Decreto-Lei n.° 363/2007 de 2 de Novembro
Description: 
This decree-law establishes the legal framework for renewable energy generation by ‘microproduction units’. A microproduction unit is defined as an installation that uses a single production technology and a single-phase or three-phase load operating at low voltage and has a capacity of up to 5.75 kW (art. 3 DL 118-A/2010). It provides for a simplified licensing regime for local grid connected, low-voltage, small/residential renewable energy producers. Licensing is conducted through the internet, via the System of Registration of Microproducers (SRM), an electronic platform through which producers register their installations. Micro producers cannot inject more than 50 % of the power mentioned in the purchasing contract, except in the case of installations for condominiums. The tariffs are limited to 15 years, the maximum production may not exceed 4 MWh/year and the annual maximum capacity eligible for the tariff is 11 MW in 2013 (art 1 DL 118-A/2010). Currently the regime is being discussed by the government.
Goal/Aim: 
Support electricity from renewable sources.

Sector/Topic targeted:

Responsible Authority: 
Ministério da Economia, da Inovação e do Desenvolvimento. Direcção Geral de Energia e Geologia (DGEG) – Directorate General for Energy and Geology at the Ministry of Economy, Innovation and Development

Status:

Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
2008
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2013