icon-electricity Variation to electricity generation licence – South Australian Water Corporation (SA Water)

  • Project Released: 26 May 2021
  • Project Closes: Sep 2021
  • Contact: Jessica O'Riley

Overview

The Commission has received an application from South Australian Water Corporation for a variation to its electricity generation licence to operate a 15.39 megawatt (MW) ground mounted solar generating plant and mini hydro generator with a maximum export level of 11.2 MW, located at Adelaide Desalination Plant – Stage 2. 

On 23 July 2021, the South Australian Water Corporation advised that the proposed generating plant at the Bolivar Waste Water Treatment Plant will now have a total generating capacity of 21.22 megavolts ampere (MVA), a maximum export level of 10.46 megawatts (MW) and a generator registered capacity of 16.44MW, comprising solar PV, battery energy storage system, biogas engine and diesel generating plant.

 

Status

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Further info

On 25 June 2020, the Commission received an application from the South Australian Water Corporation for a variation to its electricity generation licence to operate a generating plant at the Bolivar Waste Water Treatment Plant, located at Hodgson Road, Bolivar. On 23 July 2021, the South Australian Water Corporation confirmed the generating capacity of the plant will now have a total generating capacity of 21.22 megavolts ampere (MVA), a maximum export level of 10.46 megawatts (MW) and a generator registered capacity of 16.44MW, comprising solar PV, battery energy storage system, biogas engine and diesel generating plant.

In assessing an electricity generation licence variation application, the Commission considers the application against the relevant licensing provisions set out in the Electricity Act 1996 (Electricity Act). It will also have regard to its primary objective under the Essential Services Commission Act 2002 (ESC Act), 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 and the Australian Energy Market Operator. Matters related to health and environment protection are regulated under separate legislative frameworks.

The application is subject to a public consultation period closing on 16 August 2021. The Commission welcomes submissions on any matters relevant to the application.

Please refer to the variation history in the licence for further information on variations approved by the Commission, pursuant to the criteria in the Electricity Act and the ESC Act.

 

Submissions

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

  • a 15.39 megawatt (MW) ground mounted solar generating plant and mini hydro generator with a maximum export level of 11.2 MW, located at Adelaide Desalination Plant – Stage 2. 

The application was subject to a public consultation period, which closed on 18 June 2021. The Commission received one submission in relation to the variation request. 

A copy of the submission can be accessed below.

Background

Please refer to the variation history in the licence for further information on variations approved by the Commission, pursuant to the criteria in the Electricity Act 1996 and the Essential Services Commission Act 2002.