Cross Border Transactions - DOMINICAN REPUBLIC—Potential New Conditions for CDEEE-Related PPAs for Renewables

SUMMARY

Last May, the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE), the governmental entity required by law (Law No. 57-07 of Renewable Energy Incentives and Special Regimes and related Regulations) to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with developers of renewable energy projects, announced that several new conditions were included in the eight PPAs for wind and solar... (see full summary)

 
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Last May, the Corporación Dominicana de Empresas Eléctricas Estatales (CDEEE), the governmental entity required by law (Law No. 57-07 of Renewable Energy Incentives and Special Regimes and related Regulations) to enter into power purchase agreements (PPAs) with developers of renewable energy projects, announced that several new conditions were included in the eight PPAs for wind and solar projects that the CDEEE had recently signed (for a total capacity of 361 MW and representing a total investment of US$780 million, approximately), including (i) a guarantee that the project’s works will commence within six months from execution of the PPA, (ii) an agreement to complete the project within a specified term (not to exceed 18 months) and (iii) until commencement of the project’s commercial operation, a prohibition on selling, transferring or assigning any right or obligation under the PPA, in whole or in part, to any entity or third party, whatever the relationship between the developer and such entity or third party may be.

In its announcement, the CDEEE states that the new conditions were included to protect the Dominican State’s and consumers’ interests, to ensure that the projects are commenced and completed on a timely basis, and to end “the old practice of obtaining a PPA solely to be used as a negotiation instrument to obtain financial benefits without implementing the agreed-upon investment.” In addition, the CDEEE’s announcement states that if any entity or third party acquires/assumes rights or obligations under the PPA in breach of the above-mentioned restriction, such entity or third party “risks losing its investment since the CDEEE is neither required nor willing to acknowledge” such acquisition/assumption.

Pursuant to the CDEEE’s announcement, the following additional conditions were included in the foregoing PPAs:

  • The developer is required to submit documentation evidencing that it has, directly or indirectly, enough financial resources for the construction, installation and commercial operation of the project.
  • The developer is required to provide a performance guarantee, equal to 4% of the project’s cost, to secure timely commencement of the project’s construction, installation and commercial operation, in accordance with the project’s schedule.
  • A six-month term to commence construction and execution of the project’s schedule, subject to the CDEEE’s right to terminate the PPA and execute the performance...

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