AusNet Services produces a range of reports and publications that demonstrate our commitment to providing safe, reliable ande efficient energy supply to consumers. In doing this we demonstrate compliance with regulations. Some of these are listed under the links below.
Click here to read an overview of our electricity distribution plans for 2016 to 2020. The overview discusses how we propose to balance the competing priorities of network costs, safety and reliability over the next five years. The purpose of the overview themed 'Customer Value, Safety, Innovation', is to provide a useful tool to build a better understanding of AusNet Services' electricity distribution business. A more detailed technical proposal was submitted to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), please click here to read it. You can also access the technical proposal on the AER's website www.aer.gov.au
The purpose of the Vegetation Management Plans (the Plans) is to provide management procedures to be adopted and observed in tree pruning or clearing in the vicinity of electric lines. The Plans also provide management procedures that ensure maintenance of prescribed clearance spaces, exempted clearance space requirements and compliance with the Electricity Safety (Electric Line Clearance) Regulations 2015. The Plans are reviewed annually and submitted to Energy Safe Victoria (ESV) by 31 March for approval in accordance with the Electricity Safety Act.
As a Distribution Network Service Provider, AusNet Services is responsible for calculating distribution loss factors (DLFs) under clause 3.6.3 of the National Electricity Rules. Site specific DLFs are allocated to each embedded generator of actual generation of more than 10 MW and each large customer consuming more than 40 GWh per annum or with a peak demand of 10 MW. Network average DLFs are calculated for all other customers and embedded generators.
Network Consultation Conclusions Report – to maintain reliability of electricity supply to Kalkallo Zone Substation customers, this report is published under the requirements of the National Electricity Rules and advises on outcomes of our consultation on whether a network support option is a viable alternative to the proposed new Kalkallo to Doreen 66kV line. The report details an assessment of all options considered, their economic effectiveness, submissions received and the recommended action. AusNet Services' Demand Side Engagement Strategy aims to facilitate co-operative engagement in network planning between Distribution Network Service Providers and proponents of non-network solutions.
New bushfire mitigation regulations require AusNet Services to meet new performance standards for lines originating from 22 selected zone substations. Currently, the installation of Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiters (REFCL) is the only technically feasible solution capable of meeting the specified performance requirements.
As a major network augmentation, the REFCL project is subject to the regulatory investment test for distribution (RIT-D) in accordance with the National Electricity Rules (NER). In March 2017 AusNet Services published a notice, as required by the RIT-D process, determining that there are no credible non-network options for this tranche.
The next step in the RIT-D process is to prepare and publish a Draft Project Assessment Report and undertake consultation on the report. This Draft Project Assessment Report sets out details of the REFCL project including the costs and the various options considered. We request submissions on the matters set out in this Draft Project Assessment Report. Notification of this request for submissions will also be provided to Registered Participants, AEMO, non-network providers, interested parties and persons on our demand side engagement register as required by the NER.
Submission in response to this report should be provided by 29 September 2017.
These reports will give you a greater understanding of the complex Victorian electricity-planning environment.
The National Electricity Rules have recently been changed to extend the application of the Regulatory Investment Test to replacement expenditure. For future replacement projects that exceed the relevant cost thresholds, AusNet Services will carry out a Regulatory Investment Test.
The new arrangements apply to projects that will be committed by 30 January 2018. We will be publishing a list of the replacement projects between 18 September 2017 and 30 January 2018 as and when they meet the criteria of beingcommitted, and will therefore be exempt from the requirement to carry out a Regulatory Investment Test. The committed projects that are currently in progress are excluded from the Regulatory Investment Test.
We expect that there will be a small number of transmission projects that will be committed between 18 September 2017 and 30 January 2018. We do not expect to have any distribution projects that will be committed between 18 September 2017 and 30 January 2018.