Reserve Capacity Mechanism

With ongoing physical distancing restrictions in place nation-wide, all AEMO instructor-led courses will be delivered virtually until further notice.

The Reserve Capacity Mechanism (RCM) education session provides background on the Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) in Western Australia (WA), including the history of the RCM, with a strong emphasis on the features of the capacity market.

Course content:
  • Information on annual publications like the WEM Electricity Statement of Opportunities.
  • The concept of capacity credits.
  • The certification process through which certified facilities can get paid to offer capacity into the market.
  • Obligations certified facilities must meet to receive capacity payments.
  • The consequences of a facility failing to meet its reserve capacity obligations.
  • The different cost allocations captured through the individual reserve capacity requirement mechanism.
Learning outcomes:

Attendees of the course will gain in-depth knowledge into the RCM.

Course Dates:
Date Time Location Status 

23 June

9.00am – 12.30pm (AWST)



25 August

9.00am – 12.30pm (AWST)


Open for

  • The course is free to WEM participants.
  • Non-WEM participants: $150 (plus GST) per person.
How to enrol
  • Visit the AEMO Learning Academy.
  • Click on the catalogue button to view courses.
  • Add the education course to the Cart.
  • Create an individual log in.

You will also be able to access the AEMO e-learning and education catalogues.

For bulk enrolments (10 attendee or more), please contact

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