Electricity generation licence application - Bungala Two Operations Pty Ltd
- Project Released: 31 Aug 2017
- Project Closes: Jun 2018
- Contact: Julie Dixon
The Commission has received an application from Bungala Two Operations Pty Ltd for an electricity generation licence. The applicant is seeking to a operate a generation plant consisting of solar photovoltaic cells with a total maximum capacity of 110 megawatts (MW).
Current status is Initiate
The Commission has received an application from Bungala Two Operations Pty Ltd for an electricity generation licence in accordance with Section 15(2)(a) of the Electricity Act 1996 (Electricity Act). The applicant is seeking to a operate a generation plant consisting of solar photovoltaic cells with a total maximum capacity of 110 megawatts (MW). The location of this generation plant will be 15 km north east of Port Augusta in South Australia.
In assessing an electricity generation application, the Commission considers the application against the relevant licensing provisions set out in the Electricity Act. It will also have regard 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.
The Commission may only issue a licence if it is satisfied the applicant is a suitable person to hold the licence. In making its assessment the Commission considers (among other things):
• the standard of honesty and integrity shown by the applicant and its directors and major shareholders in previous commercial and regulatory dealings
• the financial, technical and human resources available to the applicant, and
• the quality of the generated electricity for the relevant transmission or distribution network.
The application submitted by Bungala Two Operations Pty Ltd is subject to a public consultation period which closes on 29 September 2017. Interested parties wishing to make a submission on this licence application should prepare a submission which addresses the criteria noted above.
In making its assessment, the Commission consults with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO), which has a separate stand-alone role in the electricity industry. Matters related to health and environment protection are regulated under separate legislative frameworks and can only be considered by the Commission in context of the abovementioned criteria.