We're aiming to reduce bushfire risks associated with powerline failures by supporting the use of Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) technology.
Voltage standards review 2018
Project scopeFebruary 2018
Draft decision22 May 2018
Submissions close22 June 2018
The planned use of Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) technology to reduce bushfire risk will be a world-first application of the technology. It will be introduced into sections of the Victorian electricity grid.
We recognise that the introduction of this new technology may push the boundaries of existing technical regulation, so we are reviewing voltage standards in the Electricity Distribution Code to ensure the code can evolve and remain fit for purpose.
Technology updates will be implemented in 2019, 2021 and 2023
Stemming from the recommendations of the 2009 Victorian Bushfires Royal Commission, Victoria introduced new bushfire mitigation regulations in May 2016. The practical outcome of these new regulations is the introduction of REFCL technology.
This project is a significant undertaking by the state of Victoria and is scheduled to be implemented in three stages, during 2019, 2021 and 2023.
Following preliminary discussions with targeted stakeholders we have developed a paper outlining the scope of our review.
Provide feedback on the proposed changes
Interested stakeholders are now invited to provide written submissions regarding the proposed changes outlined in our draft decision.
These will inform the development of our final decision.
How to make a submission
Please email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also send submissions via fax to 03 9032 1303 or by mail, marked:
Attention: Energy Division
Essential Services Commission
Level 37, 2 Lonsdale Street
Melbourne VIC 3000
Submissions close at 5pm 22 June 2018
Stay in touch
You can provide your details to keep up to date with the review by emailing your details to email@example.com.