System Control Technical Code

Section 38 of the Electricity Reform Act requires the Power System Controller to prepare a System Control Technical Code and submit it for approval to the Commission. This code sets out the Power System Controller’s competitively neutral operating protocols, arrangements for system security and system dispatch, as well as arrangements for the interruption of supply. The Power System Controller is required to administer the System Control Technical Code in accordance with the Electricity Reform Act. This includes compliance monitoring and enforcement of the System Control Technical Code on system participants to ensure that the power system is operated in a manner that is safe and secure. 

In accordance with clause 27A(3) of the Electricity Networks (Third Party Access) Code ('the Code'), the Commission approved the amended System Control Technical Code, version 5.0, effective 27 May 2015.

Approval of Amendments to the System Control Technical Code to introduce the Interim Electricity Wholesale Market

The System Control Technical Code can be viewed on the Power and Water Corporation website.

Under the terms and conditions of the Power System Controller's licence, the Power System Control may amend the System Control Technical Code at any time, but only with the prior written approval of the Commission. The Commission is also empowered to direct changes to the System Control Technical Code. For more information on the terms and conditions of the Power System Controller's licence, see Register of Electricity Licences.

Network Technical Code and Planning Criteria

Clause 9(2) of the Code requires Power and Water Corporation to prepare and make publicly available a Network Technical Code and Network Planning Criteria. For more information, see Power and Water Corporation's Power Networks' Network Technical Code and Network Planning Criteria.