Variation to electricity generation licence application – SA Power Networks
19 Mar 2020
The Commission has received an application from SA Power Networks to vary its electricity generation licence in accordance with the Electricity Act 1996 (Electricity Act). The applicant is seeking to extend its authorisation to operate:
- a five GE TM2500 aero derivative turbines (each 30.7MW) with a maximum output of 153.5MW at Edinburgh, South Australia, until 1 June 2021 (currently expiring on 1 June 2020).
In assessing a variation application, the Commission considers the relevant licensing provisions set out in the Electricity Act. It will also have regard to its primary objective under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002, being the protection of the long-term interests of South Australian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services, and other factors as they apply to the Commission's role as an economic regulator of the South Australian electricity industry.
In making its assessment, the Commission considers advice from the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Office of the Technical Regulator. Matters related to health and environment protection are regulated under separate legislative frameworks.
SA Power Networks’ application is subject to a public consultation period closing on 14 April 2020. The Commission welcomes submissions on any matters relevant to the application.