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

  • Project Released: 23 Dec 2019
  • Project Closes: Jun 2020
  • Contact: Natasha Cheshire

Overview

The Commission has received an application from Hornsdale Power Reserve Pty Ltd to vary its electricity generation licence by increasing the capacity of the battery operated generating plant from 100 to 150 megawatts, located at Hornsdale. 

Status

Current status is Final

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The Commission varied Hornsdale Power Reserve Pty Ltd’s electricity generation licence, authorising an increase to the capacity of the battery operated generating plant from 100 to 150 megawatts, located at Hornsdale.

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

The Commission assessed Hornsdale Power Reserve Pty Ltd’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 Hornsdale Power Reserve Pty Ltd licence may be accessed below.

Background

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.