Connecting to the grid
We’re responsible for providing access to the grid, and have practices and guidelines to help. If you’re interested in system access, you’ll find the tools you need here.
Practices for system access service
To promote timely connections and provide reasonable system access service to all market participants, we’ve developed system access service practices. Here, you’ll find information on the practices applied when planning the transmission system and connecting projects to the grid.
AESO practices for system access service [Posted: February 10, 2014]
Connection project list
We post all projects with accepted system access service requests on our project list. Projects on this list enter the connection queue once all Stage 2 requirements are completed. Stage 2 requirements can differ, depending on the project type.
Download the AESO connection project list for more information.
The connection queue business practices document explains how projects are managed throughout the Connection Process.
The business practices were created for:
- Efficient progression of projects
- Fair and non-discriminatory treatment of market participants
- Fair and efficient management of AESO and transmission facility owner work resources
- Fair assignment of connection remedial action schemes in constrained areas
- Rules for meeting or not meeting the gate requirements
Market Participants have the option to put a project on hold near the end of Stage 2. Please click here to view more information about this option.
Contract change requests
All changes to existing system access service request agreements must be properly assessed and documented. Read our procedures for different types of contract changes here:
If you are an existing customer, and need contract capacity changes that don’t require transmission facility additions or upgrades, you can apply through the system access service request form below.
Contract reductions or terminations
Section 9 of the ISO tariff explains that existing customers who want to reduce or terminate their system access service agreements may pay out their contract capacity with a lump sum instead of a five-year notice. To apply to pay out with a lump sum, fill out the system access service request form.
Download our system access service request form
Assignment, assumption and novation agreements
To assign your system access service agreement to another legal entity, you must enter into an assignment, assumption and novation agreement. To proceed, email Commercial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org