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Guide to Connection and Licencing


 In order to connect utility scale projects to the national grid, the following is required:

  • Development Approval
  • A connection agreement
  • A South Australian generation licence
  • Registration with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)

An overview document about current planning, regulatory and licencing requirements for generators seeking to establish in South Australia is produced by the AEMO.

A connection agreement with the relevant network service provider is a prequisite to obtaining a generation licence in South Australia. Connections to the transmission system will require a connection agreement with ElectraNet, the State’s primary transmission network service provider.  Generators will need to negotiate a connection agreement that covers the terms and agreements and obligations and responsibilities of both itself and Electranet in accessing the network, in accordance with the provisions of the National Electricity Rules.  Generators seeking connection to the distribution network must enter into a connection agreement with SA Power Networks.

Under the Electricity Act 1996, all generators over 100kVA will need to be licensed by the Essential Services Commission of South Australia (ESCOSA). ESCOSA assesses licence requests using the assessment criteria detailed in Section 17 of the Electricity Act and licence fees are determined on size of generator. Entities seeking an electricity licence should apply for the Issue of a Licence by the Commission under the Electricity Act 1996 from ESCOSA. The application form provides guidance as to what information should be submitted to assist ESCOSA in making an assessment of the suitability of the applicant to hold the license requested.

To support processing of dispatching electricity into the national electricity market, generators greater than 30 megawatts will need to be registered with the Australian Energy Market Operator. There are a number of different categories for registration as a generator - scheduled, non-scheduled, semi-scheduled, market and non-market.

More information about participating in Australia's electricity market from South Australia and South Australia's electricity network can be found in Links.  

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