In deciding whether or not to issue a licence, Section 16(2) of the Electricity Reform Act requires the Commission to consider whether:

  • For a generation licence - the proposed generating plant will have the necessary characteristics to generate electricity of the appropriate quality.
  • For a retail licence - whether the applicant will be able to meet the reasonably foreseeable obligations for the sale of electricity.

Section 16(3) also requires the Commission to consider whether the applicant is suitable to hold a licence with regard to:

(a) the applicant's previous commercial and other dealings and the standard of honesty and integrity shown in those dealings;

(b) the financial, technical and human resources available to the applicant;

(c) the officers and, if applicable, major shareholders of the applicant and their previous commercial and other dealings and the standard of honesty and integrity shown in those dealings (including breaches of statutory and other legal obligations); and

(d) other matters prescribed by the Regulations.

In considering an application, the Commission will also have regard to the factors specified in Section 6(2) of the Utilities Commission Act.

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission may seek comments on the licence applications from market participants and stakeholders.

Origin Energy Retail No.2 Pty Ltd – application for licence exemption

Submissions were due Monday 17 September 2018 and the application is now closed for comment.

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence exemption application from market participants and stakeholders. One submission was received. 

As part of System Control’s submission, System Control has provided the latest draft ‘Generator Performance Standards’ (GPS) to provide Origin Energy Retail No.2 Pty Ltd and other stakeholders a more substantial view of the type of technical requirements proposed for inclusion in the GPS. Industry consultation on the draft GPS is expected to occur.

Infigen Energy NT Solar Pty Ltd – application for generation licence

Submissions were due by Friday 27 April 2018 and the application is now closed for comment. 

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence applications from market participants and stakeholders. Two submissions have been received. 

As part of System Control’s submission, System Control has provided a further draft ‘Generator Performance Standards’ (GPS) to provide Infigen and other stakeholders a more substantial view of the type of technical requirements proposed for inclusion in the GPS. Industry consultation on the draft GPS is expected to occur in mid-2018.

As part of System Control’s submission, System Control has provided the latest draft ‘Generator Performance Standards’ (GPS) to provide Infigen and other stakeholders a more substantial view of the type of technical requirements proposed for inclusion in the GPS. Industry consultation on the draft GPS is expected to occur.

Airport Development Group Pty Ltd – application for generation licence

Submissions were due by Monday 29 January 2018 and the application is now closed for comment.

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence applications from market participants and stakeholders. Two submissions have been received. 

As part of System Control’s submission, System Control has provided draft ‘Generator Performance Standards’ (GPS). This draft is more mature than the version submitted in December (see Katherine Solar application) and requires further development. System Control plans to issue an updated version for consultation in due course. However, if you have any comments on the draft, please contact System Control. This updated draft GPS are provided here to provide the Utilities Commission, Katherine Solar and other interested parties an indication of the status of development and the direction that the GPS are being developed.

The Commission has approved a generation licence be issued to Airport Development Group Pty Ltd (ADG) for existing solar generation facilities at Darwin International Airport, Alice Springs Airport and Tennant Creek Airport, in accordance with Part 3 of the Electricity Reform Act, subject to updating of the ADG generator user network access agreement with Power and Water Corporation.

In approving the licence, the Commission advised the applicant that possession of a licence does not guarantee dispatch, and that System Control will constrain output if necessary to maintain system reliability and service quality. Further, the licensee will be required to comply with the requirements of regulatory instruments, (such as the Network Technical Code and the System Control Technical Code), including any new requirements, such as the proposed Generator Performance Standards, that may come into force when instruments are amended, from time to time. 

The licence will be issued in due course.​