Variation to electricity generation licence - SA Power Networks
- Project Released: 18 Mar 2020
- Project Closes: Apr 2020
- Contact: Julie Dixon
The Commission has received an application from SA Power Networks to vary its electricity generation licence, 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).
Current status is Initiate
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.
On 27 September 2017, the Commission varied the electricity generation licence held by SA Power Networks to enable the operation of aero-derivative turbines with a maximum capacity of 154MW at Edinburgh, and aero derivative turbines with a maximum capacity of 123.2MW at Lonsdale, for the period 27 September 2017 to 1 June 2020 (inclusive).
The Commission assessed SA Power Networks' 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 all relevant criteria under those Acts have been satisfied.
SA Power Networks applied to the Commission to vary its electricity generation licence on 1 August 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.