We have several connection processes, depending on the size and regulatory classification of your proposed embedded generating system.
Important information for generators
On 18 December 2020 a new version of AS/NZS 4777.2 was released. AS/NZS 4777.2:2020 comes into effect 12 months from the release, on 18 December 2021. For more information about this change, please see our FAQs document (PDF 354.6 kb).
Generator registration with the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)
Under the NER, any person who owns, controls or operates a generating system connected to a distribution network, must register as a generator with AEMO. The exception being where they either have the benefit of AEMO’s standing exemption (which usually applies to generating systems less than 5 MW in size) or have applied individually to AEMO and received a specific exemption.
If you are proposing to operate more than 30 MW of generation capacity at a site and connect it to a network, we strongly suggest that you contact EPW early in your planning process. This will allow for the application to be made to the Director General, considered and approved before the proposed connection. The process can typically take four months from application.
Inverter-based generating systems up to 30kW are generally referred to as mini or micro embedded generating (micro EG) units. To connect a micro EG unit up to 30kW, please refer to the relevant sections on our Business connections webpage, or call 1300 553 924.
My EG System is >30 kW to 5MVA, has the benefit of the standing exemption and I do not plan to register with AEMO
In addition, where works are required to establish or modify a generation connection to our distribution system, we require you to enter into a Negotiated Connection Establishment Contract (PDF 999.0 kb) (we call this the Construction Contract). This sets out the works that both parties will need to perform for the connection.
Basic Connection Offers
If your Connection Offer Type has been classified as a Basic Connection Offer in accordance with our 2020-2025 Connection Policy (PDF 680.0 kb), our model Standing Offer governs the ongoing connection of your facility to our distribution system.