icon-electricity Wind generation licensing 2005

  • Project Released: 22 Nov 2004
  • Project Closes: 30 Sep 2005
  • Contact: Margaret Cross


In 2005 the Commission established its statement of principles for wind generation licensing. These principles were designed to protect the long term interests of customers and address electricity reliability issues.


Current status is Final

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The Essential Services Commission has released its statement of principles for the licensing of wind generators in South Australia. The statement of principles sets out additional minimum obligations which the Commission will require of wind generators in order that South Australia can reap the benefits of increased wind generation capacity while at the same time ensuring that electricity reliability issues are appropriately addressed.

The Commission has received further advice on these issues from the Electricity Supply Industry Planning Council. In finalising its statement of principles, the Commission has taken account of that advice, and has also sought to protect the long term interests of South Australian consumers by striking an appropriate balance between the requirements of industry proponents and South Australian consumers' needs.

The measures established under the statement of principles are designed to operate until such time as a whole of national market solution to the challenges posed by wind generators is reached. At that time, the Commission will take steps to review and, where necessary, amend or remove its licensing requirements.