AEMC: Final determination on Transmission Connection and Planning Arrangements

On 23 May 2017 AEMC released a new rule that aims to enable more competition in the provision of transmission connections, while maintaining clear accountability for the safety, security and reliability of the transmission network.

The Commission believes that the final rule provides more choice, control and certainty for any parties connecting to the transmission network, while at the same time making it clear that the incumbent transmission businesses are unambiguously accountable for providing a safe, reliable and secure transmission network – even if some parts of it are built and owned by other parties.

The new planning requirements start this month, and new connection arrangements will start on 1 July 2018.

The changes to the connection arrangements will not apply in Victoria, where the regulatory regime for transmission connections is overseen by the AEMO and is outside the scope of the rule change request. However, the changes to the transmission planning arrangements will apply in Victoria.

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