Application assessments

All applications for small and medium sized embedded generators are assessed as follows:

  • if the embedded generator has a capacity of between 30kW and 5MW and is exempt by AEMO from the requirement to register as a generator in accordance with section 2.2.1(c) of the National Electricity Rules and guidelines issued by AEMO under that section, then you will be offered connection services under our model standing offer for a standard connection service. The specific provisions relating to embedded generation set out in Schedule 3 of that offer will apply to you
  • If the embedded generator has a capacity of between 5MW and 30MW, then we will offer you a negotiated connection service. For non-registered embedded generators 5MW and greater connecting under Chapter 5A, the negotiated connection service will be largely based on a standard connection service. For non-registered embedded generators 5MW and greater connecting under Chapter 5 of the National Electricity Rules please refer to the Embedded Generators 5MW and greater connection service

The operation of these generators may affect other customers connected to our network. A detailed technical review of our network’s capacity to transfer the generation energy along with analysis of your generator’s protection schemes and quality of supply considerations must therefore be undertaken prior to a permission to connect being issued.

For generation systems up to one megawatt, a connection at low voltage is often possible with minimal technical analysis being required. Generators with capacities in the range one to five megawatts, however, would normally be connected at high voltage and larger generators connected at transmission voltages.

Your responsibilities

You may need to provide your own analysis of your generator’s capability and operational performance. You may also need to fund the network studies we’ll need to carry out in order to assess the performance of the generation system and its effects on our network and other connected customers.

The extent of analysis increases with generator capacity as do the connection requirements.

How to apply for this service

A suitable connection arrangement will be progressed through the connection applications process, using this form:

Application form for the connection of a generator

The non-registered embedded generator application guideline is an information pack to assist potential connection applicants.

Register of completed embedded generation projects

From 1 December 2019, the details of your generator need to be entered into the Australian Energy Market Operator’s (AEMO) Distributed Energy Resource (DER) Register. Once your application has been approved by Endeavour Energy, your installer will be able to log onto the Register using the reference number quoted on your Permission to Connect.

Your installer has 20 business days after the connection of your generator to enter the relevant information. They should provide you a copy of the confirmation from the Register as proof that the information has been submitted.

More information regarding the Distributed Energy Resource Register can be found in AEMO’s fact sheet Information for Installers in NSW.

This register lists the completed non-registered embedded generator projects since 1 March 2015.

Completed non-registered embedded generation projects

Need to know more?

If you have any questions regarding small and medium generator connection services, please complete an enquiry form and email it to cicadmin@endeavourenergy.com.au. Or speak to one of our Customer Service Representatives on 133 718.