icon-electricity Variation to electricity generation licence – SA Water

  • Project Released: Mar 2020
  • Project Closes: Jun 2020
  • Contact: Julie Dixon

Overview

The Commission has received two applications from the South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water) to vary its electricity generation licence to authorise the operation of:

  • a 0.2MW solar generating plant at Hahndorf
  • a 2.5MW solar generating plant at Swan Reach
  • a 4.95MW solar generating plant at Swan Reach
  • a 0.5MW solar generating plant at Swan Reach, and
  • a 0.75MW battery energy storage system at Swan Reach.
 

Status

Current status is Initiate

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Initiate

SA Water’s current generation licence authorises the operation of generating plant at various waste water treatment plant. SA Water is seeking to vary its licence to authorise the operation of the following:

  • a 0.2MW solar generating plant at Hahndorf
  • a 2.5MW solar generating plant at Swan Reach
  • a 4.95MW solar generating plant at Swan Reach
  • a 0.5MW solar generating plant at Swan Reach, and
  • a 0.75MW battery energy storage system at Swan Reach.

In assessing an electricity generation licence application, the Commission considers the application against 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 Office of the Technical Regulator. Matters related to health and environment protection are regulated under separate legislative frameworks. 

The applications submitted by SA Water are subject to a public consultation period closing on 27 March 2020. Interested parties wishing to make a submission on these variation applications should prepare a submission which addresses the criteria noted above.

 

Background

On 12 December 2018, the Commission varied SA Water’s electricity generation licence, to authorise the operation of a 1.5 megawatt generating plant at its Hope Valley Water Treatment Plant.

The Commission undertook a round of public consultation in relation to the application and received no submissions from stakeholders.

The Commission assessed SA Water’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 all relevant criteria under those Acts have been satisfied. It has therefore approved the application.

A copy of the SA Water licence may be accessed below.

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