A Generation Authority is required in order to connect a generating plant in Queensland to a transmission grid or a supply network and to sell electricity generated by that plant.
However, some exceptions apply:
- under section 130 of the Electricity Regulation 2006 a person/company who operates generating plants with a capacity of 30 megawatts (MW) or less has a Special Approval to connect the generating plant to a transmission grid or supply network and sell electricity generated by that plant. It should be noted that particular conditions that ordinarily apply to Generation Authority holders continue to apply to persons/companies operating a generating plant with a capacity of 30 MW or less.
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Definition of terms
Director General, Department of Energy and Water Supply (refer to section 62 of the Electricity Act 1994).
- Supply network
a system, or part of a system, of electric lines, substations and associated equipment, other than a transmission grid, for distributing electricity to customers, whether or not generating plant is connected to it.
- Transmission grid
a system, or part of a system, of electric lines, substations and associated equipment providing connection between generation facilities and supply networks or customers not supplied through supply networks. A transmission grid includes connections to other transmission grids.
What are the prerequisites to obtaining this authority?
Various information must be submitted to the Regulator to satisfy (the Regulator) that you, as the applicant, are a suitable person/company to hold the Generation Authority and that the generating plant is suitable for connection to the transmission grid/supply network.
A Generation Authority can be transferred.
Transfer of a Generation Authority requires approval by the Regulator.
An application to transfer a Generation Authority must be in writing (there is no prescribed form) giving details of the proposed transfer and the proposed transferee to the Regulator (Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply). It must be accompanied by the fee prescribed under S. 184A of the Electricity Act and Schedule 7 of the Electricity Regulation 2006.
You can obtain guidelines on the Department's website.
The Regulator must be satisfied that the proposed transferee is suitable to hold a Generation Authority.
The term is specified in the Generation Authority. The expiry date usually reflects the nominal life of the generating plant (usually 15 to 40 years).
Application fee for authority 2016 - 2017
Application fee 2016 - 2017
How Do I Obtain It?
An application must be submitted in writing (there is no prescribed form) to The Regulator (Director-General, Department of Energy and Water Supply) at the address given in this summary sheet.
You can obtain information on the application in S179: Application for generation authority of the Electricity Act and on fees in Schedule 7: Fees payable to regulator of the Electricity Regulation 2006.
You can obtain guidelines on the Department's website.
What is required after applying but before approval is granted?
Statutory process set out in the Electricity Act 1994 must be followed, including:
the Regulator must advertise in a Queensland newspaper that application has been made and seek submissions;
the Regulator must be satisfied that you, as the applicant, are a suitable person/company to hold the Generation Authority and that the generating plant is suitable for connection to the transmission grid/supply network; and
the Regulator must also consider relevant government policies about environmental and energy issues and the likely environmental effects of building and operating the generating plant.
The Generation Authority will be subject to conditions, the breach of which may result in cancellation of the Authority or other disciplinary action.
The process will take a minimum of 3 months, much longer in some circumstances. Contact the agency for timeframes if required.
Annual fees vary.
Department of Energy and Water Supply
Energy Sector Regulation
Electricity Act 1994 (Queensland)
Electricity Regulation 2006 (Queensland)
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