When replacing ageing assets or undertaking network expansion, we consider both network investment and non-network solutions.
To determine which solution is the most cost effective for our customers and the community, we conduct internal investigations as well as consulting with market providers and the community to uncover the least cost solutions.
For all projects where network expansion or the replacement of a component has a capital cost in excess of $5 million, a Regulatory Investment Test for Distributors (RIT-D) process is followed to assess both network and non-network solutions.
Although not required under the RIT-D, Ausgrid conducts demand management screening tests for many projects with a capital cost less than $5 million. Assessed on a case by case basis, the screening tests and any resultant detailed investigations and community engagement will necessarily reflect the scale of the opportunity.
Click here to read all of our current RIT-D consultations and reports.
For augmentation or asset replacement projects with a capital cost less than $5 million, the RIT-D process is not required. The likelihood of finding suitable cost effective demand management solutions is instead assessed on a case by case basis taking into account the nature of the constraint and the characteristics of the supply area. While non-network options will be considered, a simplified process is used for these smaller projects.
You can read how we conduct demand management investigations and engage with stakeholders and providers in our Demand Management Engagement Document.
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