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Electricity Market Compliance Manager

The Electricity Market Compliance (EMC) Manager is responsible for managing the necessary generation applications and licensing requirements to ensure our renewable energy projects can export electricity to the National Electricity Market. The EMC Manager will manage the Australian Electricity Market Operator (AEMO) registration process along with jurisdictional generation requirements and liaise with the relevant network service providers and construction contractors to obtain required technical data. As the project commences generation and transitions into operations the EMC Manager would assume responsibility for the establishment and management of the projects’ obligations under National Electricity Law and National Electricity Rules. The EMC Manager would be responsible for LGC trading and reporting systems and protocols. There would also be a requirement for this role to oversee the interface of RES’ proprietary software for bidding dispatch in the Australian Energy Market.

  • Responsible for obtaining AEMO Generation registration and relevant state generating authority to enable our renewable energy projects to export electricity to the NEM in advance of project energisation dates.
  • Liaise with network service providers, SCADA providers and Construction Contractors to obtain necessary technical input into registration applications.
  • Work closely with the Asset Manager of each project to establish systems and communication protocols to enable the projects to operate effectively in the National Electricity Market, Clean Energy Act and other related rules and regulations.
  • Manage National Electricity Rules, Renewable Energy Act & Clean Energy Act obligations, including registration and trading of associated LGCs. Manage and produce all reports under the Clean Energy Act, NGER, and all other applicable regulatory instruments.
  • Work closely with the BD, commercial and operational teams to understand NEM opportunities as they develop.  Maintain a high awareness of costs (FCAS etc) and wholesale price trends and future direction.  Provide market intelligence during plant optimisation initiatives.
  • Achievement of AEMO registration, CER accreditation and state based generation authorisation in time to facilitate early generation for the renewable energy projects we are engaged to manage.
  • Assist the Project Construction Manager as required with AEMO and AER interface during energisation.
  • Manage the on-going compliance of each project with the latest versions of National Electricity Law and National Electricity Rules, utilising and developing internal management tools including quality management documents, performing regular audits and maintaining exemplary records of each project’s performance therein.
  • Management of each project’s LGC’s through the REC Registry, PPA’s and merchant sale processes in conjunction with the Settlements team.
  • Liaise with project stakeholders and electricity offtakers to communicate and collate specific registration requirements.
  • Oversee the installation of the automated NEM dispatch management tool to manage site communications as per the requirements of the AEMO registration.
  • Once operational, manage communications with AEMO to respond to market alerts and directions as they are issued. Maintain close working relationship with RES Control Centre to enable Operational Controllers to respond effectively with AEMO.
  • Interact with the external Owners Engineer and EPC and O&M contractor on behalf of the project as required for the purpose of on-going registration conformance.

Knowledge & Skills:

  • Detailed knowledge of the Australia Energy Market Operator, National Electricity Rules and the Australian Energy Regulator.
  • Understanding of the generator registration process for renewable energy projects.
  • Broad understanding of Generator Performance Standards including PSSE and PSCAD models.
  • Understanding of state regulators that provide generation licences eg Essential Service Commission (VIC).
  • Contemporary knowledge of the wider National Electricity Market (NEM) including relevant regulations and legislation.
  • Knowledge of AEMO's centrally co-ordinated dispatch process and settlements procedure for electricity trading.
  • Effective negotiation skills, with experience of negotiating in a commercial or engineering environment.
  • Ability to manage complex interfaces, risks and stakeholder needs to achieve electricity generation authority and required registrations.
  • Managing project offtaker contractual obligations under project Power Purchase Agreements.
  • Identification and mitigation of risks.
  • Project Management.
  • Communications to stakeholders.
  • Ability to manage difficult and pressurised situations in a calm and measured way.

Experience & Qualifications:

  • +5 years relevant experience of managing electricity generation registration and licence applications in Australia.
  • Understanding of SCADA systems and commissioning procedures.
  • Stakeholder engagement.
  • Engineering or science degree or equivalent experience.
  • Ability to travel for regular periods in Victoria or Queensland during construction/commissioning periods.

Posted: 25/06/2018

Location: Australia

Contract Type:Full-Time

Type of Role: Asset Management