icon-electricity Variation to electricity generation licence application – Lake Bonney Wind Power

  • Project Released: 19 Nov 2018
  • Project Closes: Oct 2019
  • Contact: Deborah Hoffmann


The Commission has received an application from Lake Bonney Wind Power Pty Ltd (Lake Bonney) to vary its electricity generation licence to include a battery energy storage system. The system will have nameplate capacity of 25 megawatts (MW).



Current status is Initiate

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Lake Bonney’s current generation licence authorises the operation of a wind farm at Lake Bonney, South Australia. 

Lake Bonney is seeking to vary its existing licence to include a battery energy storage system with an aggregate installed nameplate capacity of 25MW. The battery energy storage system will be adjacent to the existing wind farm.

In assessing a request for variation, the Commission considers 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, 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 the economic regulator of the South Australian electricity industry. 

In making its assessment, the Commission consults with the Australian Energy Market Operator and the Office of the Technical Regulator which have separate stand-alone roles 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 above mentioned criteria. 

The variation request submitted by Lake Bonney is subject to a public consultation period closing on 14 December 2018. Interested parties wishing to make a submission on this variation application should prepare a submission which addresses the criteria noted above.


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