Generation Owner & Utility Provider
ZCEF Connection Support
- Generator Registration is a common source of delay when connecting assets to the NEM today.
- Clutch’s client was progressing the concurrent connection of twelve over 5MW PV and Hybrid sites to the NEM, a unique and complex task.
- Furthermore, these sites were delivered on an accelerated schedule, with the network connection process on the project critical path for most sites.
- Clutch supported our client by managing the Generator, Customer and FCAS Registrations, as well as associated deliverables for > 5MW sites. To effectively manage the Registrations for our client, Clutch undertook the following:
- Worked with our client to understand the technical solution and proposed operational philosophy (including any existing generation) for each site;
- Defined the requirements and registration pathway with AEMO for each of the sites;
- Defined a work breakdown and schedule for each of the sites, including a broad range of activities around Metering, Primary Frequency Response, Energy Conversion Models, SCADA and Local Black Start Procedures;
- Supported our client in allocating responsibilities for each of the tasks between our Client’s teams, their Owner’s Engineer and construction partner;
- Sent and tracked the closure of Requests for Information related to the above tasks through both written follow-ups and dedicated check-in meetings;
- Collated and quality reviewed the registration submissions, as well as the internal Technical and Commercial Approval process that Clutch agreed and implemented with our client;
- Managed the interface between our Client, AEMO and (where required for registration) the NSP(s) to resolve issues and promote a collaborative approach throughout the process;
- Supported internal communications, education and reporting on status and key focus areas.
- Increased communication and understanding of requirements and responsibility between our client, their consultants and contractors, AEMO and NSP’s;
- Early identification of potential issues associated with the registration of complex, multi-asset type sites;
- Increased awareness with our Client’s organisation of registration requirements, which should support their transition to operations and compliance; and
- Increased visibility of the registration workstream to support effective project planning.
From this engagement, the following was observed:
- Up-front planning is key to ensure all parties understand requirements, responsibilities and timing.
- Early engagement with AEMO and NSP’s during delivery can help to align project stakeholders and streamline the high period of activity as a project nears energisation.
- A structured and well planned approach to managing registration inputs helps to reduce rework and promote effective outcomes.