Authorisation to Construct and Licence to Generate
In order to construct or reconstruct a generating station, a person must have an Authorisation to Construct or Reconstruct. Similarly, a person must have a Licence to Generate in order to generate electricity.
It is the CRU’s role to grant, monitor the performance of, modify, revoke and enforce these Authorisations and Licences. This role is set out in the Electricity Regulation Act 1999, as amended.
How to Apply
New applicants or applicants with novel or complex applications are encouraged to avail of a pre-submission meeting with CRU. At this meeting, CRU will set out the application and assessment process and answer any questions the applicant may have following their review of the guidance notes and application forms. To request a pre-submission meeting please contact the team at email@example.com.
Guidance Notes and Application Forms
Please note that the CRU application forms and guidance notes are updated periodically. Applicants should always use the most up to date version available on the website when applying.
Current versions: September 2022.
The forms and guidance were updated in September 2022. Applicants may apply for an Authorisation to Construct and a Licence to Generate at different times using the appropriate form for each, or for both consents at the same time using a ‘Dual’ application form. The Guidance Notes contain information on the current estimated application assessment times.
*NEW* Notification process for generators not exceeding 10 MW
Please note that as of 7th September 2022, SIs 383 and 384 of 2008 have been revoked and replaced with SIs 459 and 460 of 2022. These implement a new notification process for generating stations with an installed capacity greater than 1 MW but not exceeding 10 MW. The Guidance notes have been updated to reflect this new process, and the Notification form can be found at the links below.
Guidance notes have been published to assist applicants in preparing a valid application that includes all necessary information and supporting documentation for an application for an Authorisation and/or Licence. The guidance notes also contain answers to some FAQs that applicants may find useful.
Please ensure that you have read the guidance notes prior to preparing and submitting your application as this will ensure a timely and efficient assessment of your application.
Appendix I of the guidance notes include a Completeness Check, detailing the information and supporting documentation required by CRU for a valid application. Applicants are encouraged to utilise the Completeness Check prior to submission of any application.
|Installed Capacity of Generating Station||Authorisation to Construct||Licence to Generate|
|1 MW to <5 MW||€35||€35|
|5 MW to <15 MW||€100||€55|
|15 MW to 40MW||€100||€100|
|>40 MW to <50 MW||€995||€200|
|50 MW to <100 MW||€1,995||€400|
|100 MW to <200 MW||€6,635||€1,330|
|200 MW to <500 MW||€16,590||€3,320|
|500 MW and greater||€19,905||€3,980|
The application fee must be paid by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) at the time of submission of the application. The CRU bank details are provided in the guidance notes linked above.
Complying with your Authorisation/Licence
If you have been granted an Authorisation to Construct or Reconstruct or a Licence to Generate, to comply with the conditions of your Authorisation and/or Licence you are required to submit certain information to the CRU on a regular basis. Guidance notes are provided below to assist Authorisation holders/Licensees to prepare their compliance submissions.
Guidance notes for Generation Licence holders are available here.
Guidance notes for Authorisation Holders on progress reports are available here.
Assignment or Transfer
An Assignment or Transfer of an Authorisation and/or Licence is a change in the entity holding the Authorisation to Construct or Reconstruct and/or Licence to Generate, resulting in a change of name (of the Authorisation holder/Licensee) on the Authorisation and/or Licensee.
All Authorisation holders/Licensees are required under their Authorisation and/or Licence conditions to apply for pre-approval from the CRU prior to any assignment or transfer of an Authorisation and/or Licence. Failure to do so may give rise to grounds for revoking your Authorisation/Licence.
CRU must satisfy itself that the intended Authorisation holder/Licensee has the financial, technical and managerial strength required in advance of the assignment or transfer, and ultimately that the assignment or transfer will not adversely affect the ability of the authorisation/licence holder to comply with the authorisation/licence conditions.
Where the CRU has consented in writing to the Assignment or Transfer of the Authorisation and/or Licence, the Assignment or Transfer should be put into effect as soon as practicable after the consent has been given.
To apply for pre-approval for an Assignment or Transfer of an Authorisation and/or Licence please use the following application form. Details of how to submit your application are included in the form. CRU endeavour to respond to your application within 8 weeks:
Change of Control
A Change of Control of an Authorisation and/or Licence is a change in the shareholders holding the Authorisation to Construct or Reconstruct and/or Licence to Generate, but with the Authorisation holder/Licensee name remaining the same.
All Authorisation holders/Licensees are required under their Authorisation and/or Licence conditions to notify the CRU of a Change of Control soon as is practicable after such a Change in Control occurs. Failure to do so may give rise to grounds for revoking your authorisation/licence.
CRU advise that any Change of Control is notified to the CRU prior to the change occurring. This enables the CRU to satisfy itself that the new shareholder has the financial, technical and managerial strength required in advance of the change taking place, and ultimately that the Change of Control will not adversely affect the ability of the authorisation/licence holder to comply with the authorisation/licence conditions.
If upon notification to CRU of a Change of Control the CRU deem that the new shareholder(s) does not have the appropriate financial, technical or managerial capabilities, the CRU may revoke the authorisation/licence and/or request a further Change in Control, according to the conditions of the licence or authorisation issued.
To apply for or to notify a Change of Control please use the application form below. Details of how to submit your application are included in the form. CRU endeavour to respond to your application within 6 weeks:
A person who constructs or reconstructs a generating station without an Authorisation is liable to a fine of up to €127,000. These powers are set out in section 16 of the Electricity Regulation Act, 1999 as amended.
Similarly, a person who generates electricity without a Licence to do so is guilty of an offence and liable of a fine up to €1,904 or to imprisonment for a term of up to 12 months, or both. These powers are set out in S.I 445 of 2000.
List of Authorisation and Generation Licence Holders
A list of holders of Authorisations and Licences which have been issued by the CRU can be found here.