AEMO awards contract to improve system security in Murray River REZ

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AEMO, in its role as Victorian Planner, has completed the tender process to procure non-network services in the Murray River Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) on behalf of the Victorian Government’s Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Development Plan (RDP).  


Following a competitive process, Edify Energy Pty Ltd (Edify Energy) has been awarded a System Support Agreement (SSA) to provide 125 megawatts (MW)/250 megawatt hours (MWh) of services to strengthen the power system and increase generation capacity in the Murray River region.


The services will be provided by Edify Energy’s stand-alone battery energy storage system, the Koorangie Energy Storage System (KESS), which will utilise grid forming inverters. The project will commence commercial operations in 2025 with a contracted service life of 20 years.


In August 2021, a competitive tender process commenced, calling for expressions of interest. After evaluating responses, shortlisted parties were requested to submit detailed submissions and participate in subsequent discussions with a tender evaluation team.


Based upon these interactions, and input from the State on the Social Procurement and Local Jobs First tender response, Edify Energy was identified as the preferred tenderer.

The Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change made a Ministerial Order under the National Electricity (Victoria) Act 2005 (NEVA) requiring AEMO to undertake procurement processes for three contestable projects for services to strengthen the system as well as three sets of non-contestable minor network augmentations.

This included the procurement of specified non-network services in the Murray River, Western Victoria and South West REZs.



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