Informative Note

Public consultation on the reform of the national electricity system law


The new draft decree-Law governing the organisation and operation of the national electricity sector has been put out for public consultation. This decree-law gathers together in a single piece of legislation the rules on all activities in the electricity sector, except for cogeneration and electric mobility activities. It also repeals a number of separate pieces of legislation that had governed different activities up till now.

The new law also incorporates Directive (EU) 2019/944 on the internal electricity market and, partially, Directive (EU) 2018/2001 on renewable energy, into Portuguese law.

Significant changes are also made in the new law to practically the entire value chain of the electricity sector, from generation to supply, to network operation and the selection of monopoly service providers.

Without attempting to cover ever provision of the new law, in this note we intend to list some of the main changes it will introduce.

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