Inquiry into licensing arrangements under the Electricity Act 1996 for inverter-connected generators - Archived

09 Dec 2016


In June 2016, the Essential Services Commission commenced an Inquiry into technical licence conditions for inverter-connected electricity generators. This is the third review that the Commission has conducted into this matter, following earlier reviews in 2005 and 2010.

The Inquiry is considering the licence conditions which the Commission should apply to grid-scale, inverter connected wind-powered generators. Since the 2005 review, the Commission has placed additional conditions on such generators, requiring them to meet higher performance standards under the National Electricity Rules. A key focus for the Inquiry is whether or not those existing conditions should be maintained, enhanced or otherwise altered – and includes a consideration of their application to other inverter-connected electricity generators or other parties.

As a part of the Inquiry process, the Commission has released a public Issues Paper and associated documentation for comment and review. The Issues Paper takes into account preliminary advice received from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) in September 2016, which provides information about technical standards for grid connected wind farms and inverter-connected generators in South Australia.

ESCOSA's Request for advice
Initial advice from AEMO
Inquiry into licensing arrangements for inverter-connected generators - Issues paper

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