5 key points to understand RETIE obligations

As in other everyday environments, the operation of the electricity grid is also governed by safety standards. We explain to you what these norms consist of, how they are applicable and what is your responsibility regarding compliance with the RETIE.

Published on 10 December 2019

5 key points to understand RETIE obligations

In principle, the responsibility of protecting the electrical system and ensuring the continuity of the energy service lies with the network operators, but it is also the obligation of owners and users to ensure that their electrical installations remain in safe and optimal conditions. To guarantee this purpose, the operator requires all users to comply with the RETIE standards.

To explain its genesis and what your role in the application of this regulation is, we created 5 basic ideas to understand the RETIE obligations.

1. The RETIE is the Technical Regulation of Electrical Installations and was created by Decree 18039 of 2004, of the Ministry of Mines and Energy.

Its main objective is to establish measures that guarantee the safety of people, animal and plant life, and the preservation of the environment, preventing, minimizing or eliminating electrical risks.

2. All electrical installations must comply with RETIE standards, even if they are temporary.

From systems with voltages ranging from 25 volts to the highest that exist in the electrical system are covered by the RETIE, and its application is mandatory.

3. Each time a connection to the electrical system is made, it is mandatory to present the RETIE certificationg.

Before connecting any electrical installation to the network, the network operator is obliged to require the RETIE certification, which is issued by an inspection body that audits and ratifies that the electrical installations, as well as the products used in its design, meet the standard.

4. By complying with the RETIE rules, you protect your capital.

To illustrate this point, think of a third-level medical center that fails to comply with the standard by not having a protection system against atmospheric discharges. Mainly, this hospital would put the life and integrity of the people present at risk, but it also exposes itself to losing money if an atmospheric discharge causes damage to the electrical system and its equipment.

On the other hand, if this or any given hospital does not have the certification upon request by the regulator - in the best case, before an incident occurs - it would incur a penalty.

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5. In addition to being a reliable protection measure, it also helps optimize the performance of your electrical installations.


Without discrediting its importance in the objective of guaranteeing the safety of all living beings and the environment, carrying out the follow-up tasks required by the RETIE for certification also allows anticipating damage to electrical systems, such as overloads or short circuits, and taking corrective measures on time.

In that sense, at Enel X, we not only accompany the initial certification process, we also support the diagnosis and execution of the works so that your electrical installations work properly, and thus eliminate any risk associated with them.

As you can see, it takes more than a design to carry out an energy project, and the responsibility does not end with obtaining the RETIE certification. If you need to verify the status of your facilities and implement any required improvements, you can do it with the help of Enel X.


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