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A new technical standard requires that prescribed generating systems connecting to the South Australian distribution network be capable of being remotely disconnected and reconnected by an agent registered with the Technical Regulator.

The standard is in effect as of 28 September 2020 and contributes to increasing the ability of the distribution network to host distributed energy resources and secure operation of the power system.

The new standard requires that all new prescribed electricity generating plants are capable of being remotely disconnected, and later reconnected, by the relevant agent.

Where components of a designated electricity generating plant are replaced, this also requires that plant meet the remote disconnection and reconnection requirement.

View the details of these declared components (PDF 412.3 KB).

Relevant Agents

The relevant agent is a party who has been authorised and/or appointed by the owner or operator of the prescribed electricity generating plant to manage the above requirement on their behalf.

The parties included in the List of relevant agents (PDF 111.6 KB) can be nominated and appointed by an owner or operator of an electricity generating plant as their relevant agent. Note that assessments of prospective relevant agents are underway and this list will be frequently updated.

A relevant agent can only be directed by a person that has a legal right to issue such a direction.

A transitional arrangement to the 31 December 2020 is being offered to relevant agent(s) to put in place any necessary processes and/or systems in place to activate the capability.

Relevant agents are required to provide information to the Technical Regulator in an agreed format which includes:

  • The location and size of each designated electricity generating plant; and
  • The name and contact details of the relevant agent (which may be the main point of contact at the relevant agent) for each designated electricity generating plant.

This information will only be provided to the following:

  • A person with lawful authority to direct that a designated electricity generating plants be disconnected from, or reconnected to, a distribution network; and
  • The operator of a distribution network.

List of Relevant Agents

The parties included in the following list can be nominated and appointed by an owner or operator of an electricity generating plant as their relevant agent.
List of relevant agents
Note that assessments of prospective relevant agents are underway and this list will be frequently updated.

For details on the on-site, technology and communication requirements of relevant agents please contact the relevant agent directly. Contact details are provided in the above list.

Applying to become a Relevant Agent

Those considering becoming a Relevant Agent should first refer to the Technical Regulator Guideline – Relevant Agent Roles and Responsibilities (PDF 276.0 KB) which defines the expected functions of a relevant agent.

Further information on the deemed technical methodologies for disconnection and reconnection of electricity generating plants can be found in the Guideline – Deemed Methodologies for Remote Disconnection and Reconnection of Electricity Generating Plants (PDF 146.8 KB).

Interested parties who wish to become a relevant agent are required to:

Parties who apply to become an agent prior to 31 December 2020 can take advantage of a transitional arrangement and will be required to demonstrate their technology to the Technical Regulator prior to 1 January 2021. Please refer to the Relevant Agent undertaking above for further information on the transitional arrangement.

Those who apply after 31 December 2020, or who have no need of the transitional arrangement will be required to demonstrate their technology as part of the registration process.


Further information

For further information regarding the regulatory changes for smarter homes please contact the Office of the Technical Regulator:

  • Phone: 08 8226 2108 (Monday to Friday, 9.00 am to 5.00 pm)
  • Email: otr.relevantagents@sa.gov.au