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Embedded Generation Connections 1500 kW to 5000 kW

 

If you are considering a 1500 kW to 5000 kW energy generation system this page is for you. 

AusNet Services treats all applications between 1500 kW and 5000 kW under the Negotiated Connection framework as nominated in National Electricity Rules (NER) Chapter 5A. For description of the different connection services and the connection applicants rights under these process please see AusNet Services connection policy.

Below you will find information about the process, timeline and costs involved in connecting to the grid.

 

For connections greater than 5000 kW please see AusNet Services Website.

For connections to the Victorian Transmission Network,  the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) manages the connection process and is your main point of contact. For more details, please visit their website.


If you are considering a medium scale energy generation system this page is for you. Systems in this range are usually commercial or industrial systems connecting into the AusNet Services Medium Voltage (11KV/ 22KV) network  and are between 1.5MW and 5MW in generating capacity.

Below you will find information about the process, timeline and costs involved in connecting to the grid.

  • Read our Protection Requirements in SOP 11-16 for the Connection of Embedded Generators between 1.5MW to 5MW for information regarding technical standards
  • Complete an Connection Application Form and send it to Energy Connections inbox energyconnectionsSG@ausnetservices.com.au

AusNet Services treats all applications between 1.5MW and 5MW under the Negotiated Connection framework as nominated in National Electricity Rules (NER) Chapter 5A. For description of the different connection services and the connection applicants rights under these process please see AusNet Services connection policy.

For connections greater than 5MW connecting into the 22KV/66KV network please see process on the AusNet Services Website.

For connections to the Victorian Transmission Network (220KV and above), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) manages the connection process and is your main point of contact. For more details, please visit their website.


If you are considering a medium scale energy generation system this page is for you. Systems in this range are usually commercial or industrial systems connecting into the AusNet Services Medium Voltage (11KV/ 22KV) network  and are between 1.5MW and 5MW in generating capacity.

Below you will find information about the process, timeline and costs involved in connecting to the grid.

  • Read our Protection Requirements in SOP 11-16 for the Connection of Embedded Generators between 1.5MW to 5MW for information regarding technical standards
  • Complete an Connection Application Form and send it to Energy Connections inbox energyconnectionsSG@ausnetservices.com.au

AusNet Services treats all applications between 1.5MW and 5MW under the Negotiated Connection framework as nominated in National Electricity Rules (NER) Chapter 5A. For description of the different connection services and the connection applicants rights under these process please see AusNet Services connection policy.

For connections greater than 5MW connecting into the 22KV/66KV network please see process on the AusNet Services Website.

For connections to the Victorian Transmission Network (220KV and above), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) manages the connection process and is your main point of contact. For more details, please visit their website.

If you are considering a medium scale energy generation system this page is for you. Systems in this range are usually commercial or industrial systems connecting into the AusNet Services Medium Voltage (11KV/ 22KV) network  and are between 1.5MW and 5MW in generating capacity.

Below you will find information about the process, timeline and costs involved in connecting to the grid.

  • Read our Protection Requirements in SOP 11-16 for the Connection of Embedded Generators between 1.5MW to 5MW for information regarding technical standards
  • Complete an Connection Application Form and send it to Energy Connections inbox energyconnectionsSG@ausnetservices.com.au

AusNet Services treats all applications between 1.5MW and 5MW under the Negotiated Connection framework as nominated in National Electricity Rules (NER) Chapter 5A. For description of the different connection services and the connection applicants rights under these process please see AusNet Services connection policy.

For connections greater than 5MW connecting into the 22KV/66KV network please see process on the AusNet Services Website.

For connections to the Victorian Transmission Network (220KV and above), the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) manages the connection process and is your main point of contact. For more details, please visit their website.

 

Additional information

 

 

Timeline and process

  • Preliminary Enquiry Stage

    The enquiry stage as per National Electricity Rules Chapter 5A allows you to review AusNet services Process and requirements before submitting a connection application. Please download the AusNet Services Connection Policy to review details of negotiated connection services. For technical requirements please download our Protection Requirements SOP 11-16

    For further queries please submit a connection application or a Feasibility Assessment Form.

  • Feasibility Assessment

    Our process

    AusNet Services can provide a feasibility assessment for the connection applicant upon request. This is an optional stage.

    The purpose of this service is to provide a desk top assessment and an approximate cost for the minimum network augmentation required for the project, with no consideration for the system study. This will assist the applicant to determine the projects feasibility before proceeding to the connection application stage. This does not substitute the connection application stage or account for detailed system studies.

    You may request a feasibility assessment by completing the Feasibility assessment form.

    Once a Feasibility assessment form has been lodged the energy connections team will be in touch to provide you a quote for the assessment service. Charges will be on an hourly rate for time expenses incurred in assessing the feasibility of your project.

    Our requirements

    1. Completed Feasibility Assessment form.

     

    Costs

    Determined on application

     

    Time frame

    20 Business Days from receipt of payment.

     
  • 1. Connection Application Stage

    Our Process

    You may elect to skip the feasibility assessment stage and directly lodge a connection application. You may do so by emailing us a completed connection application form.
    To commence assessment of your application, a Letter Agreement and Confidentiality Agreement will need to be executed. Once a connection application form has been lodged the energy connections team will be in touch to provide you with a copy of these agreements for your execution. Charges will be on an hourly rate for time expenses incurred in assessing connection application.

    Assessment of a Connection Application requires iterative communications between the applicant and AusNet Services. The applicant is required to complete relevant network studies in order for the connection application submission to be complete.

    Once a submission is deemed complete AusNet Services will commence preparation of connection offer. Offer preparation can take up to 65 Business Days.

    An offer letter will be sent to you that details the Scope and Connection costs (cost of constructing and augmenting the network to accommodate the proposed connection). Along with our offer to you, we will also provide you with a draft copy of the Connection Agreements.

    For network augmentation activities open to the contestable market, see section 7 of our connection policy.


    Our requirements

    1. Completed Connection Application Form. 
    2. Executed Agreements.
    3. Network Study Report
    4. All Items nominated on the Connection Application Form, required to complete the Connection Application Stage

    Costs

    An initial non-refundable Advance Payment of $12,800 (excl. GST) payable at execution of Letter and Confidentiality Agreements. 
    Fees are charged at an hourly rate each month as they are incurred and are initially offset against the Advance Payment. 


    Time frame

    The time frame for this stage is dependent on the information you have provided. The Connection Application stage is usually an iterative process and can take between four to six months for a Complete Connection Application. 

    AusNet Services will provide a connection offer. Business Days from a Complete Connection Application. 

     

    Your proposed installation must comply with the requirements in the following documents:

    • Protection Requirements of Embedded Generators (LV + HV up to 22kV) - SOP 11-16
    • Central Protection Commissioning Test Report - SOP 33-07
    • Power Quality Compliance Requirements - SOP 33-08
    • Single Line Diagram Requirements
    • System Study Requirements


  • 2. Sign final Connection Agreement

    AusNet Services connection offer has a 20 day validity. After Offer acceptance we can work towards the execution of the Connection Agreements made up of the Embedded Generator Connection Services Agreement and the Network Extension / Modification Agreement.

    Embedded Generator Connection Services Agreement sets out the terms and conditions for the provision of the connection services to be provided after completion of the design, construction and commissioning of the project.

    Network Extension / Modification Agreement sets out the terms and conditions for the provision of the design, construction and commissioning of the project, including each party’s obligation and project assumptions.

    Delivery will commence upon execution of these Connection Agreements.

     

    Our requirements

    1. Completed Connection Application Form.
    2. Executed Agreements.
    3. Network Study Report
    4.  

     

    Costs

    This will be the cost of constructing any network augmentations and connecting to the network. Cost will vary depending on each project.

     

    Time frame

    Usually 1 week but is subject to customer's execution.

  • 3. Install System and Commission

    Upon execution of the Connection agreements and any other relevant agreements, delivery of your project. Delivery will include detailed design.

    To allow connection of your generator to the network, you will need to provide us with a commissioning test program for our approval. Once this is approved commissioning tests can begin.

     

    Technical requirements

    1. Protection Grading Report
    2. Commissioning test Report
    3. Any other requirements per Connection Agreements 
    4.  

     

    Costs

    Project connection cost per Connection Agreement

     

    Time frame

    Per required Practical Completion date in executed Connection Agreements.

  • 4. Ready to switch on

    Once energised, You can commence the testing activities per the approved commissioning plan or test program. 

    Upon receipt of a satisfactory commissioning report, and all other connection criteria have been satisfied, AusNet Services will issue a Generator compliance letter to allow you to generate.
    You will need to ensure you have entered into an agreement for generation with your retailer, and an appropriate meter is installed.

    Our requirements

    Satisfaction of all Connection Criteria as set out in Connection Agreement or other relevant project agreements.
     

    Costs

    Per Connection Agreements

     

    Time frame

    N/A