Guidelines for Intending Participants in the Generator category wanting to register in the National Electricity Market
The Intending Participant category of registration in the National Electricity Market (NEM) for a person applying in the Generator category, enables, among other things, the successful applicant to gain access to certain data under the National Electricity Rules (Rules). Application for the Intending Participant category is optional.
The Intending Participant Rule (Rule 2.7(a)) states:
Any person intending to act in any Registered Participant category may, on application for registration by that person in accordance with rule 2.9, be registered by AEMO as an Intending Participant if that person can reasonably satisfy AEMO that it intends to carry out an activity in respect of which it must or may be registered as a Registered Participant.
Thus, AEMO must be reasonably satisfied that the applicant intends to carry out the activity.
AEMO is receiving an increase in the number of applications and inquiries regarding Intending Participants in the Generator category. These applicants have also sought guidance from AEMO on what AEMO requires to be “reasonably satisfied”.
AEMO’s internal committee undertake a merit-based assessment on a case by case basis. While each application will be unique in terms of the project’s development stage, typical examples of evidence that has been provided include a mix of:
- Board approved business plan
- Planning permits
- Development approval
- Evidence of project funding/finance
- Copy of the certificate of title for the land
- Copy of the connection inquiry or the connection application
- Environmental impact assessment studies
- Press releases
- Evidence that the development process has been commenced
- Project milestones – construction to typically commence within a reasonable period of time from registering as an Intending Participant
Applicants should note that AEMO does not require all of the above, rather we would advise that applicants provide as much as they can, given the stage of development of their project. The more evidence applicants can provide, the easier it is for AEMO to be reasonably satisfied that the applicant intends to proceed.
Please do not hesitate to contact our Support Hub on 1300 236 600 or our Registration Desk at Registration.Desk@aemo.com.au should you require further assistance.