Rule Change: Open
On 6 February 2018 the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) published a consultation paper for the Testing of system restart ancillary services capability rule change request.
On 15 December 2017 the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) released the System restart ancillary services (SRAS) guideline 2017 that includes an enhanced regime for testing contracted SRAS capability.
The revised SRAS testing regime includes a ‘short notice test.’ AEMO will nominate a test date in consultation with the relevant network service provider, and the SRAS provider will receive at least five business days’ notice of the test date.
Under the National Electricity Rules (NER), a registered participant must give the relevant network service provider at least 15 business days’ notice of any test of connected equipment that would require changes to its normal operation at the connection point. A test of the capability of a generating plant to provide contracted SRAS would fall within this requirement.
Under the revised testing regime, an SRAS provider will not be informed of a short notice test date early enough to comply with the existing NER obligation to notify the relevant network service provider.
The consultation paper seeks stakeholder input on AEMO’s proposed changes to the NER that would create an exception to the 15 business days’ notice requirement to accommodate short notice tests.
Submissions to the rule change request are due by 6 March 2018.
The Commission intends to undertake an expedited process for this rule change request as it is considered non-controversial. Under an expedited rule making process, a final rule determination must be made within six weeks of the initiation of the process. The AEMC may assess the proposed rule under the expedited rule making process if it does not receive a written request and substantive reasons not to do so from any person by 20 February 2018.View less