Level 1 ASPs


Level 1 ASP undertake work to extend the overhead and/or underground electricity network or increase the capacity of the existing network.

  • Proactive discussions, engagement and insights from Level 1 Accredited Service Providers;
  • Critical information updates; and
  • Other useful and relevant information

If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au


Level 1 ASP undertake work to extend the overhead and/or underground electricity network or increase the capacity of the existing network.

  • Proactive discussions, engagement and insights from Level 1 Accredited Service Providers;
  • Critical information updates; and
  • Other useful and relevant information

If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Reduced staff availability for Contestable Works services

    3 days ago
    Training
    What is Happening?

    During the period from 17 June 2019 to 20 June 2019 contestable works designers and network assurance facilitators will have limited resources available as we are attending training.

    We appreciate your patience during this period. For any major issue during this period please contact David Wilson via email david.wilson@essentialenergy.com.au

    What do you need to do?

    • Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

    What is Happening?

    During the period from 17 June 2019 to 20 June 2019 contestable works designers and network assurance facilitators will have limited resources available as we are attending training.

    We appreciate your patience during this period. For any major issue during this period please contact David Wilson via email david.wilson@essentialenergy.com.au

    What do you need to do?

    • Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Safety Brief 855 – Porcelain Fuse Assemblies

    13 days ago
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    What is Happening?

    Essential Energy has been informed by Energy Queensland that asbestos containing materials have been found in some of the fuse carriers on their 45amp LV porcelain fuse assemblies. Initial investigations at Essential Energy show that we may have some of these fuse assemblies in our network which must be treated as containing bonded asbestos, until further testing can be done by Essential Energy.

    Safety Brief 855 - Porcelain Fuse Assemblies is being shared for your information and can be accessed from Essential Energy’s Document Library

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au
    ...

    What is Happening?

    Essential Energy has been informed by Energy Queensland that asbestos containing materials have been found in some of the fuse carriers on their 45amp LV porcelain fuse assemblies. Initial investigations at Essential Energy show that we may have some of these fuse assemblies in our network which must be treated as containing bonded asbestos, until further testing can be done by Essential Energy.

    Safety Brief 855 - Porcelain Fuse Assemblies is being shared for your information and can be accessed from Essential Energy’s Document Library

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au
  • Safety Alert – Suspension of high voltage live line work

    21 days ago
    Safetyalert
    Background - what happened?

    On 24 May 2019, a member of an Essential Energy crew undertaking high voltage live line work on a 22,000 volt powerline in Narromine is believed to have experienced an electric shock.
    The employee was transferred to hospital for assessment and monitoring, and subsequently released that afternoon.

    Essential Energy is investigating the circumstances that led to this incident.
    Until the contributing factors and causal pathways are understood, all high voltage live line work has been suspended within Essential Energy.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Contact your local representative if you have any high voltage...

    Background - what happened?

    On 24 May 2019, a member of an Essential Energy crew undertaking high voltage live line work on a 22,000 volt powerline in Narromine is believed to have experienced an electric shock.
    The employee was transferred to hospital for assessment and monitoring, and subsequently released that afternoon.

    Essential Energy is investigating the circumstances that led to this incident.
    Until the contributing factors and causal pathways are understood, all high voltage live line work has been suspended within Essential Energy.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Contact your local representative if you have any high voltage live line work currently scheduled for completion by Essential Energy.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Draft Price Schedule for Ancillary Network Services 2019-24

    26 days ago
    Aers draft aer ee 2019 2024

    Background

    Essential Energy recently received the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Final Distribution Determination for Ancillary Network Services covering the 2019-24 Regulatory Control Period (RCP). This determination regulates the pricing structure for Essential Energy to provide services to external customers.

    What does this mean for you?

    From 1 July 2019, Essential Energy will implement approved Ancillary Network Services as per the AER’s determination.

    To help you understand any changes in services and charges, we have developed supporting information and application guidelines by ASP level. These documents will be located on Essential Energy’s Document Library.

    Please note, however, that throughout the...


    Background

    Essential Energy recently received the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) Final Distribution Determination for Ancillary Network Services covering the 2019-24 Regulatory Control Period (RCP). This determination regulates the pricing structure for Essential Energy to provide services to external customers.

    What does this mean for you?

    From 1 July 2019, Essential Energy will implement approved Ancillary Network Services as per the AER’s determination.

    To help you understand any changes in services and charges, we have developed supporting information and application guidelines by ASP level. These documents will be located on Essential Energy’s Document Library.

    Please note, however, that throughout the 2019-24 RCP, Essential Energy may introduce several new regulatory services in targeted areas, based on external feedback, statutory changes and to better reflect the way services are provided.

    Additionally, implementation of the AER’s determination by Essential Energy from 1 July 2019 will incur CPI and other cost increases each year until 30 June 2024. ASPs should review service and price changes when preparing quotations for future work.

    Where is information about the changes available?


    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the draft Price Schedule for Ancillary Network Services 1 July 2019 and the ASP Change Overview located on Essential Energy’s Document Library and Essential Engagement
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au

  • Safety Alert - Ausgrid Power Line Worker Fatality

    2 months ago
    Safetyalert
    What is Happening?

    On Tuesday 2 April, an Ausgrid power line worker, who was performing live low voltage maintenance work at Lane Cove in Sydney, received a serious electric shock. The work crew on site performed immediate first aid until medical help arrived and he was transported to hospital.
    It was with great sadness we were informed yesterday the employee had died from the injuries sustained.

    Effective immediately and until further notice temporary restrictions are in place for all live low voltage pole and / or low voltage cross arm replacements involving open wire exposed conductors.

    What do...

    What is Happening?

    On Tuesday 2 April, an Ausgrid power line worker, who was performing live low voltage maintenance work at Lane Cove in Sydney, received a serious electric shock. The work crew on site performed immediate first aid until medical help arrived and he was transported to hospital.
    It was with great sadness we were informed yesterday the employee had died from the injuries sustained.

    Effective immediately and until further notice temporary restrictions are in place for all live low voltage pole and / or low voltage cross arm replacements involving open wire exposed conductors.

    What do you need to do?

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au
  • Safety Brief SB-839 Nifty Lift Sub Frame Cracking

    3 months ago
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    What is Happening?

    During recent major inspections Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP), manufacturer Nifty Lift identified cracking along the turret box/pedestal to subframe weld on two units. The units were not owned by Essential Energy but operated in a similar environment.

    The cracking had not been detected during routine inspections.

    On Monday 18 February the manufacturer issued advice that the turret box to subframe weld should be inspected as part of the quarterly inspections on NL170RKT and NL180RKT model MEWPs.

    The manufacturer also recommended that equipment owners conduct an out of cycle inspection, to ensure that no undetected cracking in...


    What is Happening?

    During recent major inspections Mobile Elevated Work Platform (MEWP), manufacturer Nifty Lift identified cracking along the turret box/pedestal to subframe weld on two units. The units were not owned by Essential Energy but operated in a similar environment.

    The cracking had not been detected during routine inspections.

    On Monday 18 February the manufacturer issued advice that the turret box to subframe weld should be inspected as part of the quarterly inspections on NL170RKT and NL180RKT model MEWPs.

    The manufacturer also recommended that equipment owners conduct an out of cycle inspection, to ensure that no undetected cracking in this section has occurred.

    Safety Brief 839 - Nifty Lift Sub Frame Cracking is being shared for your information and can be accessed from Essential Energy’s Document Library

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au
  • Reminder Essential Energy ASP Forums March/April 2019

    3 months ago
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    As part of our commitment to improve our relationship and communications with ASPs Essential Energy are holding our next round of forums. The purpose of these forums is for ASPs to come along and hear about the latest news in the ASP space and to ask questions or raise issues with representatives from various Essential Energy teams.


    Dates and locations of ASP forums:

    • Coffs Harbour 18th March 2019 (Coffs Ex-Services Club – 2-6 Vernon St Coffs Harbour)
    • Tweed Heads19th March 2019 (Tweed Heads Bowls Club – Cnr Wharf & Florence St Tweed Heads)
    • Tamworth 25th March...


    As part of our commitment to improve our relationship and communications with ASPs Essential Energy are holding our next round of forums. The purpose of these forums is for ASPs to come along and hear about the latest news in the ASP space and to ask questions or raise issues with representatives from various Essential Energy teams.


    Dates and locations of ASP forums:

    • Coffs Harbour 18th March 2019 (Coffs Ex-Services Club – 2-6 Vernon St Coffs Harbour)
    • Tweed Heads19th March 2019 (Tweed Heads Bowls Club – Cnr Wharf & Florence St Tweed Heads)
    • Tamworth 25th March 2019 (Tamworth West Leagues Club – 58 Phillip St Tamworth West)
    • Queanbeyan 2nd April 2019 (Raiders Belconnen – Hardwick Cres Holt)
    • Moruya 3rd April 2019 (Moruya Golf Club – Evans St Moruya)

    Forums will commence from 5pm at the above locations, with light refreshments available. To determine venue sizes we would appreciate any ASPs who wish to attend complete a survey or email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au with company name, numbers attending, which forum you will be attending and anything you would like to see at our forums.

    Thank you to those that have already expressed interest in attending our forums, please be advise that the scheduled forum at Buronga on 11th April 2019 has been cancelled due to a lack of interest.

    Brief Agenda Items:

    Part 1 - 60 mins

    • Welcome and General ASP Information
    • 2015 review
    • 5125 review
    • Level 1 ASP agreement
    • Level 2 topics (unauthorised connections, solar connections etc)
    • Level 3 specific changes / issues
    • Standards update

    Part 2 – 60 mins

    • Subject Matter Experts (SME) spread across the room allowing ASPs to meet key people and discuss issues

    What do you need to do?

    1. Please complete the survey at engage.essentialenergy.com.au/ASP click on your relevant ASP level, then go into Surveys & Forms
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation

    Further information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au
  • Essential Energy ASP Forums March/April 2019

    3 months ago
    Forummar2019


    As part of our commitment to improve our relationship and communications with ASPs Essential Energy are holding our next round of forums. The purpose of these forums is for ASPs to come along and hear about the latest news in the ASP space and to ask questions or raise issues with representatives from various Essential Energy teams.

    Dates and locations of ASP forums:

    • Coffs Harbour 18th March 2019 (Coffs Ex-Services Club – 2-6 Vernon St Coffs Harbour)
    • Tweed Heads19th March 2019 (Tweed Heads Bowls Club – Cnr Wharf & Florence St Tweed Heads)
    • Tamworth 25th March 2019...


    As part of our commitment to improve our relationship and communications with ASPs Essential Energy are holding our next round of forums. The purpose of these forums is for ASPs to come along and hear about the latest news in the ASP space and to ask questions or raise issues with representatives from various Essential Energy teams.

    Dates and locations of ASP forums:

    • Coffs Harbour 18th March 2019 (Coffs Ex-Services Club – 2-6 Vernon St Coffs Harbour)
    • Tweed Heads19th March 2019 (Tweed Heads Bowls Club – Cnr Wharf & Florence St Tweed Heads)
    • Tamworth 25th March 2019 (Tamworth West Leagues Club – 58 Phillip St Tamworth West)
    • Queanbeyan 2nd April 2019 (Raiders Belconnen – Hardwick Cres Holt)
    • Moruya 3rd April 2019 (Moruya Golf Club – Evans St Moruya)
    • Buronga 11th April 2019 (Quality Hotel Mildura Grand – Seventh St Mildura)

    Forums will commence from 5pm at the above locations, with light refreshments available. To determine venue sizes we would appreciate any ASPs who wish to attend complete a survey or email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au with company name, numbers attending, which forum you will be attending and anything you would like to see at our forums.


    Brief Agenda Items:

    Part 1 - 60 mins

    • Welcome and General ASP Information
    • 2015 review
    • 5125 review
    • Level 1 ASP agreement
    • Level 2 topics (unauthorised connections, solar connections etc)
    • Level 3 specific changes / issues
    • Standards update

    Part 2 – 60 mins

    • Subject Matter Experts (SME) spread across the room allowing ASPs to meet key people and discuss issues

    What do you need to do?

    1. Please complete the survey at engage.essentialenergy.com.au/ASP click on your relevant ASP level, then go into Surveys & Forms
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation

    Further information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au
  • SafeWork NSW Safety Alert – Working Live

    6 months ago
    Safety
    SafeWork NSW has released a safety alert on the Dangers of working on or near energised (live) electrical equipment.

    This safety alert reminds electrical workers of the hazards associated with working on or near energised (live) electrical equipment. These hazards include electric shock, arc flash explosion and fire.
    This alert, and others, can also be viewed on the SafeWork NSW website - Safety Alerts.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Click on one of the above links to visit SafeWork NSW website
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation

    Further Information

    If you...

    SafeWork NSW has released a safety alert on the Dangers of working on or near energised (live) electrical equipment.

    This safety alert reminds electrical workers of the hazards associated with working on or near energised (live) electrical equipment. These hazards include electric shock, arc flash explosion and fire.
    This alert, and others, can also be viewed on the SafeWork NSW website - Safety Alerts.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Click on one of the above links to visit SafeWork NSW website
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please visit email www.safework.nsw.gov.au or call 13 10 50.

  • Ausgrid Safety Alert SA17_18 Unintended discharge of electricity during live low voltage works

    6 months ago
    Safetyalert
    What is happening?

    Essential Energy wishes to reinforce the safety messages contained within this Safety Alert issued by Ausgrid (SA17-18) dated 3 December 2018. For ease of reference, we have listed the equivalent references to Essential Energy’s documents, together with some additional restrictions that apply to the Essential Energy network:

    • Ensure all Authorised Workers comply with Essential Energy’s CEOP8030 - Electrical Safety Rules (ESRs) when undertaking live low voltage work on the Essential Energy network, noting that Clause 6.3 specifically deals with work on or near live low voltage exposed conductors.
    • Only qualified, trained, competent and...

    What is happening?

    Essential Energy wishes to reinforce the safety messages contained within this Safety Alert issued by Ausgrid (SA17-18) dated 3 December 2018. For ease of reference, we have listed the equivalent references to Essential Energy’s documents, together with some additional restrictions that apply to the Essential Energy network:

    • Ensure all Authorised Workers comply with Essential Energy’s CEOP8030 - Electrical Safety Rules (ESRs) when undertaking live low voltage work on the Essential Energy network, noting that Clause 6.3 specifically deals with work on or near live low voltage exposed conductors.
    • Only qualified, trained, competent and authorised workers may work on or near live low voltage apparatus (Clause 4.3).
    • Operating work and commissioning must only be carried out by authorised Essential Energy workers.
    • Appropriate clothing and PPE must be worn (Clause 4.4) and in the case of energised low voltage underground work, an Arc Rated Face shield worn (Clause 4.4.2(i)).
    • Connect neutrals before actives and disconnect actives before neutrals (Clause 6.5).
    • Essential Energy does NOT allow a low voltage transposition crossarm to be changed live (Clause 6.3).
    • Essential Energy does NOT allow work on live low voltage CONSAC or PILC cables (Clause 8.5.3).
    • Essential Energy does NOT allow its employees to carry out live low voltage cable jointing or work within a pit or excavation where their feet are below ground level. ASPs need to consider their own Safety Management Systems before considering similar work, i.e. that all risks are addressed and controlled including the requirements for performing a rescue.
    • Essential Energy does NOT allow the connection of a generator to live low voltage connections except by the prior approval of the Electrical Safety Office (ESO).

    ASPs may only work live low voltage on Contestable Works projects (i.e. Network Assets) as defined in the ASP Scheme Rules, the ESRs and the ASPs Safety Management System. Work within a customer’s installation is governed by Work Health and Safety (WH&S) legislation, codes and guides – in particular Division 4 of the WH&S Regulation 2017.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the '20181218 - Ausgrid Safety Alert SA17_18 Unintended discharge of electricity during live low voltage works.pdf' located on Essential Energy’s Document Library
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation

    Further Information

    If you need further information, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au