Engineering Framework

The Engineering Framework is a toolkit to define the full range of operational, technical and engineering requirements needed to deliver the futures envisaged by the Integrated System Plan (ISP). The framework seeks to facilitate an orderly transition to a secure and efficient future NEM system.

As part of the framework, AEMO released the Operational Conditions Summary in July 2021. Operational conditions are generation mix and loading combinations projected to occur five to 10 years in the future that will necessitate changes to current operational practices.

AEMO undertook a collaborative development process with stakeholders to identify potential gaps in the activities required to ensure an orderly and efficient energy transition. Based on the outcomes of this engagement, AEMO published an Initial Roadmap in December 2021 to inform preparation of the NEM for operation under the six identified operational conditions.

The next stage of the Engineering Framework begins in Q1 2022, with industry evaluation and alignment on which of the identified potential gaps are highest priority, and on the best course of action required to meet these gaps.

Indicative engagement and workplan timelines are shown below. For more information, see Get Involved

Alongside the roadmap development, AEMO is beginning early work on implementation workplans under the Engineering Framework, including development of a white paper on the Application of Advanced Grid-scale Inverters in the NEM. This paper provides recommendations toward enabling the application of advanced inverter technology to support the NEM as the amount of inverter-based resources increases and synchronous generation online reduces.

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