Connection Queue Business Practices
The AESO introduced new Connection Queue Business Practices to administer the Connection Queue effective September 1, 2010. The business practices replace the Project Milestone Obligations previously set by the AESO.
The primary objectives of the business practices are to ensure:
efficient progression of projects;
fair and non-discriminatory treatment of market participants;
fair and efficient management of AESO and TFO work resources; and
fair assignment of connection remedial action schemes in constrained areas.
The business practices outline the maximum timeframe expected to complete gate requirements for each stage of the Connection Process and the resulting outcomes for meeting or not meeting the gate requirements outlined. In addition, other considerations have been included as these may affect the outcomes for meeting or not meeting the gate requirements outlined within the maximum timeframe expected, including the circumstances under which the AESO may grant extensions. In most cases, failure to complete gate requirements within the maximum timeframe will result in project cancellation.
Projects listed in the Connection Queue prior to September 1, 2010, will have the start date for the completion of gate requirements for each stage of the Connection Process re-set at September 1, 2010. For example, projects in Stage 1 of the Connection Process will have 4 months or until December 31, 2010 to meet the requirements to complete Gate 1.
The business practices also outline changes to the Connection Queue format. Beginning in September 2010, the AESO will maintain both a Project List and a Connection Queue.