To be eligible for accreditation, a power station must operate in accordance with relevant Commonwealth, state, territory or local government planning and approval requirements.
Relevant requirements relate to:
Where a requirement specifies ongoing reporting requirements and actions to be taken by a power station to remain compliant (for example, a permit condition), the Clean Energy Regulator may seek information from the applicant as to how they intend to ensure compliance with ongoing conditions during operation.
This guidance will assist you to complete the 'Approval details' section of the application for accreditation form in the REC Registry. In this section, applicants are required to provide:
You are required to provide evidence that you have met the requirements applying to your power station in the state or territory it operates in. The type of planning or development approval and licensing specific to electricity generation and transmission that must be obtained by a power station differs between states and territories, and planning approval requirements may differ between local government areas. Required approvals may also differ depending on the type of power station (size, technology, zoning, location, etc.). This means that the supporting documentation provided by applicants will differ depending on the power station that is the subject of the application.
There is however standard documentation relating to planning (and other) approvals that is expected to accompany all applications for accreditation. You should note that different states and territories may use different terminology to describe the requirement in the standard documentation list and you must provide the equivalent approval to ensure each requirement is satisfied.
If your power station is exempt from a listed requirement or the requirement does not apply, you are required to provide evidence to this effect. Evidence can take the form of:
Please provide an accompanying explanation outlining how the regulation or other evidence you have provided is relevant to your power station. For example, if you provide an extract of a regulation (with accompanying reference) stating that power stations with a nameplate capacity of under 5 MW are exempt from a requirement, please make a clear statement describing why your power station meets the exemption.
You do not need to have all supporting documentation available at the time of application. Further information may be provided as it becomes available during the commissioning of your power station while your application is under review by the Clean Energy Regulator. Please indicate which documents you intend to submit at a later date when submitting your initial application.
Please note the information on the standard documentation does not form a complete list of all the requirements a power station must meet to be eligible for accreditation. If a relevant approval for your power station is not listed, you are not exempt from supplying this information and are required to provide details of this approval in your application.
A power station must operate in accordance with relevant planning and approval requirements. In order for the Clean Energy Regulator to be satisfied that this is occurring or will occur, you must provide evidence demonstrating that you will ensure ongoing requirements are met when operating the power station. This evidence should take the form of a
compliance plan or operation plan (however so described) and supporting documents such as an
operational environment management plan.
The plan and supporting documents should demonstrate that you have appropriate procedures and plans in place showing ongoing compliance during operation with all relevant:
These plans, which may include compliance schedules, should demonstrate that actions to meet relevant compliance obligations have been incorporated into the company's operational procedures
For example, approvals given on wind farm development invariably impose permit conditions that must be met both during construction and in the operation of the wind farm. Operators are required to draft an operations plan that amongst other requirements, describes how those permit conditions are to be met in respect of the operation of the wind farm.
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