Stage 1 - Pre-feasibility

This stage is optional, as the National Electricity Rules (Rules) do not require Connection Applicants to follow this stage.

Connection Applicants are encouraged to explore the feasibility of their project and begin discussions with the connecting Network Service Provider (NSP), landowners, and relevant government authorities.

During this stage, AEMO’s role is to provide transmission network data for potential applicants, if requested (see AEMO’s Network Data Provision policy).

To receive transmission network data from AEMO, a Connection Applicant must be a registered participant or intending participant (see AEMO’s Registration pages).

Potential applicants should contact the connecting NSP at the earliest opportunity. The NSP can provide a range of information about connections, including:

  • Explanation of the process for connecting plant to their network and the regulatory framework.
  • Indicative timeline to process an application to connect.
  • Connection fees and charges.
  • High-level technical information.
  • Information that may assist in determining the location of the proposed connection.

Connection Applicants should discuss the proposed location of their facility and where they would like to connect to the network. They should also explore land and land use planning issues to avoid delays.

Roles and responsibilities summary
AEMO: provides transmission network data to potential Connection Applicants upon request.

NSP: manages the connection process and is a primary point of contact, and can provide data if requested.

Connection Applicant: starts preliminary discussions with connecting NSP, and investigates project feasibility with other relevant authorities.

Documents checklist

You may require the following documents for this stage:

Related guides and policies
Other information

For enquiries regarding connections, please contact connections@aemo.com.au or the connecting NSP. 

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