Anticipatory certification is the activity described in Part 8 (sections 174 and 175) of the Clean Energy Act.
Under provisions of the Clean Energy Act, generators who are receiving transitional assistance through the provision of free permits and who wish to close some or all of their generating plant may retain access to free permits only if their closure meets the power system reliability test. The Clean Energy Regulator administers the power system reliability test.
One way of satisfying the power system reliability test and securing future free permits, is for the generator to seek certification from AEMO that the relevant reliability standard will be satisfied for two years following the proposed plant closure.
For details of the power system reliability test, see Part 8 (Division 4) of the Clean Energy Act 2011.
AEMO has developed an “Information Paper on Applications for Certification under the Clean energy Act 2011”, which is intended to provide prospective applicants with important information on various aspects of this activity.
Key information in the paper includes:
- How a market participant can go about applying to AEMO for anticipatory certification in relation to the power system reliability test under the Clean Energy Act.
- AEMO’s approach in conducting power system reliability assessments in relation to an application for anticipatory certification.
- How AEMO intends to manage multiple applications.
- The charges that will be payable to AEMO in relation to an application for anticipatory certification.
As the relevant provisions of the Clean Energy Act commence on 2 April 2012, AEMO will not be issuing certificates until after that date.
This information paper is subject to change as AEMO continues to receive feedback from industry, government and the Clean Energy Regulator (when established).
Any questions or feedback in respect of the Information Paper and AEMO’s role in Anticipatory Certification should be sent to Paddy Costigan