icon-electricity Electricity generation licence application - Hornsdale Power Reserve Pty Ltd

  • Project Released: 31 Jul 2017
  • Project Closes: Oct 2017
  • Contact: Julie Dixon

Overview

The Commission has received an application from Hornsdale Power Reserve Pty Ltd for an electricity generation licence. The applicant is seeking to operate a series of Tesla batteries up to a total maximum capacity of 100 megawatts (MW).

 

Status

Current status is Final

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Final

On 13 October 2017, the Commission issued an electricity generation licence to Hornsdale Power Reserve Pty Ltd (Hornsdale Power Reserve), authorising it to operate a series of Tesla batteries up to a total maximum capacity of 100MW.

Hornsdale Power Reserve will be required to comply with stronger licence conditions, consistent with those outlined in the Commission's Inquiry into the licensing arrangements for generators in South Australia (hyperlink to Inquiry), demonstrating that new technologies can and should contribute to a secure and resilient power system. 

The Commission assessed Hornsdale Power Reserve's application for an electricity generation licence against the relevant provisions of the Electricity Act 1996 and the Essential Services Commission Act 2002 and determined that, with the inclusion of the additional technical licence conditions, all relevant criteria under those Acts have been satisfied. 

Hornsdale Power Reserve applied to the Commission for an electricity generation licence on 31 July 2017. The Commission undertook a round of public consultation in relation to the application and received no submissions from stakeholders. In making its assessment, the Commission sought technical advice from the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Technical Regulator. 

A copy of the Hornsdale Power Reserve licence may be accessed below.