Variation to electricity generation licence application – Origin Energy Electricity Limited
- Project Released: 1 Nov 2018
- Project Closes: Dec 2018
- Contact: Julie Dixon
The Commission has received a request from Origin Energy Electricity Limited (Origin) to vary its electricity generation licence. Origin wishes to upgrade its generating turbines at the Quarantine Power Station. The result of this upgrade will increase the capacity of these turbines from 20.4 megawatts (MW) to 24.5MW.
Current status is Initiate
Origin’s current generation licence includes the operation of the Quarantine Power Station, specifically four turbines with a capacity of 20.4MW each. Origin wishes to replace these turbines. The replacement turbines have a capacity of 24.5MW each. Accordingly, Origin is seeking to vary its licence to include the new turbines and capacity.
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 (AEMO) and The Office of the Technical Regulator (OTR) 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 Origin is subject to a public consultation period closing on 30 November 2018. Interested parties wishing to make a submission on these variation applications should prepare a submission which addresses the criteria noted above.