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Evoenergy is operating in a rapidly evolving energy environment. We experience changes in technology, consumption patterns, customer preferences, energy policies and regulatory settings. This transformation is presenting both challenges and opportunities to Evoenergy, consumers and other stakeholders.

Close engagement with our stakeholders is an integral part of our approach and being innovative, flexible and adaptable business. We consult with stakeholders in relation to a range of matters relating to our business.

Evoenergy firmly believes in a regular, structured communication and updates to stakeholders including providing feedback on stakeholder input or concerns. The consultation on general matters is often conducted according to our engagement approach. For specific consultation matters additional plans or programs may be developed.

Key concepts in our Stakeholder Engagement approach include:

continuing to grow our customer focus,
making engagement business as usual, and
aligning our work with the interests of our stakeholders.

Four ways stakeholders engage

  • Engagement in broad-based demand management programs

    As part of our Peak Demand Reduction Strategy, we are developing several demand management programs designed to address broader groups of consumers and stakeholders. A number of current demand management initiatives are in the early stages of development and maturity. Evoenergy will progress these initiatives further over short to medium term.

    Broad based demand management programs

    Broad based demand management programs are designed to address large groups of consumers and other stakeholders who can assist in peak demand reduction. For example interrupting air-conditioning load or refrigeration for short periods of time can take place without a major inconvenience to consumers. Another example of broad based programs are cost reflective or innovative tariffs which incentivise consumers to reduce demand. The programs may include proof of concept pilots and trials before the programs can be implemented.

    How to participate

    If you would like to participate in a broad based program including a pilot or a trial you can register via the website either as an energy consumer (end-user) or a business operating in the demand management space. You can also make suggestions relating to demand management or register to receive information on any of the future projects or programs.

    Register your interest

  • Engagement in targeted demand management initiatives

    As part of the network planning process, Evoenergy identifies existing and emerging electricity network limitations. As part of the network development process Evoenergy must resolve identified limitations either though network or non-network solution. The information is updated as new data becomes available.

    Targeted demand management solutions

    Targeted programs focus on a reduction of demand in specific areas or pockets of the network where limitations were identified. Vast proportion of limitations identified by Evoenergy in the 2019 planning review relate to the distribution line (feeder) capacity constraints.

    Evoenergy endeavours to identify limitations as early as possible to allow sufficient time for consideration of a full range of solutions. If the limitation emerges late in the process (e.g. as the result of a late connection application from a large customer) the time available for consideration of all options may be limited. Consideration of non-network and demand management solutions is a mandatory part of Evoenergy’s network planning process.

    How to participate

    There are no obligations on your part if you register.  You can also provide a suggestion or request information or updates on any program.

    Evoenergy investigates intended network limitations and periodically updates data (e.g. load information) relating to the limitations. As part of the investigations, depending on the screening assessment of options, Evoenergy may issue RFP to submit non-network solutions.

    If you register for one or more targeted programs with Evoenergy, we will inform you of the relevant RFP, however you are not under any obligation to respond. The exact timing for RFP may depend on the specific project requirements and available information. As far as practicable, for the distribution network limitations, we will endeavour to issue RFP no later than 21 months before the limitation must be addressed and allow 3 to 6 months for selection of preferred solutions. For transmission system limitations we will generally endeavour to publish RFP no later than 36 months before the network limitation must be addressed.

    Our RFP will explain the network limitation, the timeline for resolution and possible solutions. The RFP will indicate what investment, capital contribution or incentive we are prepared to provide to external praties to resolve the issue.

    Distribution and transition above $6 million are subject to mandatory Regulatory Investments Test1 (RIT) process.

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    1 Projects above $6 million are subject to Regulatory Investment Tests.

  • Engagement in a regulatory investment test

    National Electricity Rules require Evoenergy to conduct a Regulatory Investment Test (RIT) on all investments above $6 million. The aim of the test is to consider the full suite of alternative solutions including network, non-network and demand side management options. A RIT requires consultation and a review of the proposal with external stakeholders, including National Electricity Market participants who may submit an alternative proposal. The RIT rules require Evoenergy to implement the most optimal solution, which may include a mix of non-network and network components.

    A RIT Transmission (RIT-T) is conducted for transmission projects according to the process set out in Australian Energy Regulator’s application guidelines. A RIT Distribution (RIT-D) is conducted for distribution projects according to the process set out in the AER’s application guidelines for regulatory investment test for distribution. For eligible projects, Evoenergy initiates RIT-D and RIT-T consultations after preliminary investigation of viable options and selection of proposed solution. The exact timing is governed by the requirements and complexity of the project. For distribution projects, Evoenergy aims to commence the RIT-D process at least 21 months before the network limitation must be resolved. For transmission projects, Evoenergy usually commences RIT-T process no later than 36 months prior to intended completion.

    Current regulatory investment tests

    We are currently consulting with industry on a Draft Project Assessment Report (DPAR) as part of the RIT-D for the Gold Creek Zone Capacity, to service significant new demand. Submissions for the Gold Creek Zone Capacity DPAR will close on 19 January 2024.

    Download the Gold Creek RIT-D Draft Project Assessment Report
    Download the Gold Creek RIT-D Non-Network Options Report

  • General feedback and suggestions

    Evoenergy invites feedback and suggestions from all interested parties in relation to the contents of the Annual Planning report and other matters relating to network planning and development. 
    From time to time, Evoenergy conducts workshops, information sessions or sends out information on specific topics relating to the network development.

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