Connecting a Generator

The information referenced below relates to connecting a generator to the distribution network. If you require any information that does not appear to be covered here or in the linked pages,  please contact DSOGenerators@esb.ie

Guide to the Process after Acceptance of Offer

A document called Generator Developers Information Pack issued by ESB Networks as a guide to Developers of generation projects to give an understanding of the connection process for both Non-contestable and Contestable Generator projects. This document is intended as guidance only to help give an understanding of the process and is available for download here (PDF | 306 KB).

Generation for Export and Sale

If you wish to connect a generator that is used to supply or sell electricity which includes Wind Farm, Landfill Gas, Solar Power and Combined heat & Power (CHP) facilities, please see here. Such generators may be used to supply or sell electricity via the national grid.

Gate 3 - Renewable Generation Group Processing

Gate 3 is the third renewable group processing directive proposed by the CER. For information on the progress of the Gate 3 Projects please see the Generator Statistics Section.

Parallel Connected Generators

For information on Connecting a generator that operates in parallel with the electricity network please see here. This information is relevant to businesses that want to reduce their electricity import by having their own source of power, or for peak-lopping or peak-shaving schemes. Such generators cannot be used to supply or sell electricity via the national grid.

Standby Generators

Information about connecting a standby generator is available here Standby generators are used by businesses that require emergency generation. They cannot be used to export or sell electricity onto the electricity network. In addition, they cannot operate in parallel with the electricity network.

Interface Protection Guidelines

These slides (PDF | 171 KB) outlining guidelines for costs and applicability of Embedded Generation Interface Protection (EGIP) were presented at the CER Gate 3 Liaison Group meeting as a clarification and update of the Conditions Governing document in June 2013.

Micro-generation

Micro-generation is the term which applies when a private individual (e.g. a householder) installs a small generator on his/her property for the purpose of producing electricity for his/her own use. See here for more information on connecting a  micro-generator

Connections Made

Statistical information on all Generators currently connected or contracted for connection to the Distribution System may be found in our Connected and Contracted Generators Section.

Performance Monitoring
A document, called Windfarm Performance Monitoring Process  outlines the process that is adopted by Eirgrid and ESB in monitoring the performance of Wind Farm Power Stations (WFPS) in terms of the categorisation of controllability assigned following regulatory decision SEM-062-11 for priority Dispatch. This document is available for download here (PDF | 547 KB).

Generator Complaints Procedure

Our priority is to consistently deliver a high standard of service to our customers. If, however, you feel that we have not performed to your satisfaction relating to a request for a Generator Connection and you wish to make a complaint, please follow the procedures outlined in our Generator Connections - Complaints Procedure (PDF | 40 KB) document so that your complaint may be dealt with in a timely and efficient manner.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
It is your responsibility to ensure that a generator is installed by a registered electrical contractor to ETCI standards, and that it complies with all regulations governing

Frequently Asked Questions

Connecting a Renewable Embedded Generator FAQs

Commercial Issues Technical Issues

Connecting a Micro-Generator FAQs

Micro-Generator FAQs