Renewable Energy Zone Development Plan Stage 1

Projects to strengthen the system - Call for Expressions of Interest (CEI) 

On 3 August 2021, the Victorian Government announced the six projects to progress through Stage 1 of its Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Development Plan (RDP).  

The Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change has consequently made an order under section 16Y of the NEVA requiring AEMO to undertake procurement processes to progress three contestable projects for services to strengthen the system as well as three sets of non-contestable minor network augmentations.

AEMO will soon issue a Call for Expressions of Interest (CEI) in relation to the three contestable projects for services to strengthen the system in the Murray River, Western Victoria and South West REZs. This CEI will take a technology neutral approach to understand the various options that are available to provide the required services. 

This process is distinct from, and separate to, the system strength services procurement process that AEMO is currently undertaking under the National Electricity Rules relating to the Victorian fault level shortfall at the Red Cliffs fault level node. 

The purpose of this CEI process is to assess interest and capabilities within the market to respond to any subsequent Invitation to Tender (ITT) to be a proponent in respect of one or more of these contestable projects.  

Additional Information 

CEI Market Forum 

AEMO along with the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning held a virtual Market Information Forum on 10 August at 2pm to outline the CEI process and provide more information. 

Industry forum slides are available here.

Please contact AEMO at RDPStage1@aemo.com.au with any questions.

Specified Augmentation Works 

The Ministerial Order also requires AEMO to undertake procurement activities relating to nine non-contestable augmentations (specified augmentations) from the relevant incumbent declared transmission system operator through a separate non-market process. Grouped by REZ, these nine specified augmentations represent three of the six projects the Victorian Government has announced to progress through Stage 1 of its RDP.  

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