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Connection Policy - Transitional Arrangements Application Form for Capacity Release

In line with the commission for Energy Regulation (CER)'s Decision Paper - Connection Policy Transitional Arrangements CER/16/284, generation customers may apply to ESB Networks to terminate all or part of an eligible Customer's Distribution Connection Agreement. Customers shall be refunded 80% of first stage payment or 80% of the relevant first stage payment in the case of a partial termination. ESB Networks is now accepting applications from eligible projects, guidance for which is listed below. The previous deadline for applications was 12th February 2017. This deadline has now been extended by CER from 12th February 2017 to 28th April 2017. Any applications received after this date will not be processed unless otherwise directed by the CER.

 DSO Capacity Release Form PDF

There is no application fee payable by the Customer for the processing of these applications or the processing of any resultant full or partial termination of a Distribution Connection Agreement. When the application form is completed please email an electronic version to and send the form in hardcopy ( with original signature) to:

DSO Generators, ESB Networks, Phase 1 Building, Leopardstown Rd., Foxrock,

Dublin 18,  Ireland. D18XN80.

It should be noted that this form is to be used for the purposes of CER/16/284 only. Once the deadline date for this measure has passed this form will no longer be valid. The refund rules are set out in Section 3.4.2. of CER/16/284.  Guidance for eligible projects is in accordance with Section 3.4.1 of CER/16/284. For full details of the decision please refer to the CER Direction CER/16/284.

Please note that this application form deals with the Distribution Connection Agreements only. If you wish to avail of the capacity release measure under CER/16/284 and have a Transmission Connection Agreement, please contact Eirgrid at


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