Negotiated embedded generation connections

Negotiated embedded generator connections are regulated by Chapter 5 and Chapter 5A of the National Electricity Rules (NER).

Negotiated Embedded Generator Connections can be one of three types:

  • Chapter 5 connections (Exempt from Registration with AEMO)
  • Chapter 5 connections (Registered with AEMO).
  • Chapter 5A connections

UE PR 2008 EG Customer Connection Procedure

The EG Customer Connection Procedure provides comprehensive details on the connection application process and review timelines.

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Apply for a Negotiated Embedded Generator Connection

The first step in applying for a connection is to complete the Preliminary Assessment form on our online connection application service (this online form replaces the "UE-FM-5000 Feasibility Form" previously available in PDF format).

You can use the Preliminary Assessment outcome to inform your investment decision. If you decide to proceed to the next stage of the connection process, you can reference the Preliminary Assessment outcome, reducing the time required for UE to assess your application.

Click here to register for United Energy’s online connection application service.

To assist you with navigating the new service, we have created supporting materials, which can be found here.

Once you have received a response from us and you are ready to apply for a connection, please complete and submit the relevant form to embeddedgeneration@ue.com.au.

Chapter 5 connections (Exempt from Registration with AEMO)

EG connections with a capacity ≥ 5MVA but < 30 MVA are not automatically exempt from registration. However, these connections are eligible to apply for registration exemption with AEMO provided they are not battery storage systems. This EG connection type only applies to customers who have obtained an exemption from AEMO. Connections eligible for exemption from the requirement to register as a Generator are not automatically exempt from the requirement to comply with the technical requirements in Schedule 5.2 of the NER. Requirements to comply with the GPS shall be negotiated between the applicant, AEMO and the DNSP.

Chapter 5 connections (Registered with AEMO)

These EG connections are required to, or wish to, register with AEMO to trade electricity on the National Energy Market as per Chapter 5 of the NER. Compliance with the GPS shall be negotiated between the applicant, AEMO and the DNSP. The registration process is separate to this and managed by AEMO.

Detailed Enquiry Form (Registered)

For registered generators (typically >5MVA at unity power factor) as per NER Chapter 5 connection process. Consult the latest versions of the NER and AEMO documents for additional information.

UE-FM-5006 Chapter 5 Preliminary Enquiry Form

As per the Embedded Generation Customer Connection Procedure, you must first submit a connection enquiry.

Chapter 5A connections

Chapter 5A connections are negotiated connections that do not meet the basic micro EG connections requirements with a capacity of < 5MVA. These connections are automatically exempt from registration by AEMO as per the NER. These connections require negotiations with the DNSP, as the EG systems are typically larger IES or non-IES (synchronous or asynchronous generators) such as diesel generators or flywheels.

Proponents of these EG connections are typically commercial customers who sell their surplus electricity through their retailer.

UE-FM-5001 Chapter 5A Application Form

Applicable to all new and upgraded HV and LV embedded generation connecting to our network that are exempt from registration (<5MVA at unity power factor) with the AEMO as per Chapter 5A of the NER.

UE-FM-5000 EG Feasibility Assessment Form

Submit this form if you need more information from us to plan the connection of your embedded generator.

Network access standards

The network access standards outline the technical requirements that the embedded generator will have to comply with.

Chapter 5 embedded generators are required to comply with the GPS stipulated in Chapter 5 of the National Electricity Rules which is available via the AEMC website.

All documents are available for download in the library below.

UE-ST-2008.2 LV EG Network Access Standard

Applicable to LV customers – i.e. customers who are connected to UE’s LV network (< 1kV)

UE-ST-2008.3 HV EG Network Access Standard

Applicable to HV customers – i.e. customers who are connected to UE’s HV network (11kV/22kV/66kV)

Agreement templates

Chapter 5 Distribution Connection Embedded Generator Agreement

An example of the types of embedded generator agreement documents we produce.

Chapter 5A Distribution Connection Embedded Generator Agreement

An example of the types of embedded generator agreement documents we produce.

Fees and charges

The document below sets out the fees and charges that may be incurred for an embedded generation connection.

Where network augmentation works are required to accommodate the EG connection, a separate quote will be provided. Additional costs associated with other transmission/distribution networks or AEMO will also be quoted and passed through to the applicant. This is in addition to the application fees and charges listed in the document.

Application fees – July 2021

Sets out fees and charges that may be incurred for an embedded generation connection

Testing and commissioning requirements

Please complete and submit the relevant commissioning form to embeddedgeneration@ue.com.au once the system has been installed and tested. There may be additional testing requirements for HV customers and customers installing non-inverter based generation. These will be negotiated as part of the application process. All documents are available for download in the library below.

Chapter 5 testing and commissioning requirements shall be negotiated with UE and AEMO as part of the application process.

UE FM 5003 IES Commissioning Form

This form is applicable to both HV and LV customers who are only installing inverter based embedded generation

UE FM 5004 Non IES Commissioning Form

This form is applicable to both HV and LV customers who are only installing non-inverter based embedded generation (e.g. diesel generators)

UE-FM-5005 Combined Commissioning Form

This form is applicable to both HV and LV customers who are installing a combination of inverter based embedded generation and non-inverter based embedded generation (e.g. diesel generators).

Register of Completed Embedded Generation Projects

As per the National Electricity Rules (NER), United Energy is required to publish a register of completed embedded generation projects every year.

Registered connections testing and commissioning requirements

The testing and commissioning requirements for registered embedded generators shall be negotiated with UE as part of the application process.

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