15 DAYS BEFORE THE OPERATING DATE, THE ELECTRICITY LICENSE MUST BE OBTAINED

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The Ministry of Industry and Trade issues the Circular No. 36/2018/TT-BCT on procedures for issuance and revocation of electricity licenses.

According to the new Circular, at least 15 business days before its planned date of official operation, the organization engaging in the electricity industry must submit an application for electricity license which must include all required documents, instead of 30 working days as in the previous provisions.

Applications under the licensing authority of the Ministry of Industry and Trade or the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam shall be submitted through the online public service portal. Applications under the licensing authority of the Ministry of Industry and Trade or the Electricity Regulatory Authority of Vietnam shall be submitted through the online public service portal.

Concurrently, this Circular also prescribes 4 cases of electricity license exemptions:

– The generation of electricity is to serve domestic consumption without selling electricity to any other organizations or individuals;

– The generation of electricity with an installed capacity of not exceeding 01 MW is to sell electricity to other organizations or individuals;

– Electricity traders in rural, mountainous or island regions purchase electricity with a capacity of not exceeding 50 kVA from electricity distributors for supplying electricity directly to consumers;

– Electricity activities are performed to serve the national electrical load dispatch and management of electricity market.

This Circular is issued on October 16, 2018 and takes effect on December 06, 2018.