Level 3 ASPs


Level 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub - transmission network assets.

  • Proactive discussions, engagement and insights from Level 3 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 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub - transmission network assets.

  • Proactive discussions, engagement and insights from Level 3 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

  • Reminder Update to Asset Label Request form

    04 Mar 2021
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    What is happening?

    Essential Energy’s Asset Label Request Form (CEOF6708 – Operational Form – Contestable Works – Asset Label Request) has been amended to accommodate predrilled pillars.

    Please use the guide below when ordering labels for pits and pillars:

    • For Pit and Streetlight – order NP Small
    • For Predrilled Pillars – order NP Large for Poles and Pillars

    Please use the labels you currently have for open projects and order the new size for future projects via the form or for Level 3 ASPs through the BetterConnect Portal.



    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the above form and be aware of the change for Pillar labels.
    2. Download the latest issue 3 of CEOF6708 - Operational Form – Contestable Works – Asset Label Request from the Document Library.
    3. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.


    Further Information

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

  • How to fix incorrectly rendering reports in Power Lines Pro

    04 Mar 2021
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    What is Happening?

    Essential Energy has made further improvements to Power Lines Pro to enhance the user experience for Accredited Service Providers (ASPs).

    A quick reference guide has been developed to assist you to fix incorrectly rendered reports.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the user guide on fixing incorrect rendered reports on Essential Engagement under the Digital Asset Management section.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

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


  • Update on the ASP Connections and Quality Manager role

    01 Mar 2021
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    What is Happening?

    Further to our communication on 24 September 2020 we would like to provide an update on the ASP Connections and Quality Manager role. 

    Hamish Wheatley will take on the role of Acting ASP Connections and Quality Manager from 1 March 2021. We would like to thank Kevin Miller for his contribution while in this role over the past 6 months.

    You can contact Hamish via email hamish.wheatley@essenetialenergy.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

  • Changes to our embedded generation connection application approval process

    19 Feb 2021
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    Background

    Essential Energy is making changes to the approval process for all single phase urban domestic embedded generation connection applications. These changes will improve compliance and turn-around times and, where certain criteria are met, eliminate the need to manually sign and return connection offers.

    What is changing?

    Under the NSW Service and Installation Rules (section 8.6.8 – maximum phase imbalance requirements), all single phase urban domestic embedded generation systems connected to a three-phase network must be export-limited to 5kW.

    To comply with this requirement, from 1 March 2021 all connection applications received for single phase embedded generation systems greater than 5kW and equal to or less than 10kW in an urban domestic area will be expedited and a connection offer will be provided with a 5kW export limit condition.

    What do you need to do?

    If you are installing a single phase embedded generation system in an urban domestic location, please ensure that all details within the application are completed correctly, including the premises type in section 2.0. A single line diagram will still be required within the application documents, together with a voltage rise calculation for any urban systems greater than 5kW.

    Ensure that the connection offer provided by Essential Energy is thoroughly reviewed, and any site-specific conditions or export limits are understood prior to commencing the installation.

    If you are installing a three phase embedded generation system and would like an assessment completed for export availability above 5kW, please deselect the ‘request to expedite’ option in section 5.0 of the application form and the application will be reviewed by Essential Energy’s connections team.

    Please communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Questions and Answers

    Q. What will happen if I forget to deselect the expedite button in section 5.0 of the application form for an urban domestic embedded generation site?

    A. Your application will be processed and a 5kW export limit applied.

    If your connection application is for a three phase embedded generation system and you would like an assessment completed for the export availability above 5kW, please resubmit the application and deselect the expedite option in section 5.0. The application will be reviewed by Essential Energy’s connections team.

    Q. Will I receive a greater export capability if a premises is converted to three phase?

    A. Three phase embedded generation systems will be reviewed by Essential Energy against the existing distribution network capacity. If an export greater than 5kW can be accommodated without distribution network augmentation, details will be provided in the connection offer. In some cases, 5kW is the maximum export available at premises regardless of the number of phases specified. A connection application must be submitted to initiate the review process.

    Q. How can I confirm if a customer’s premises is urban or rural?

    A. Land zoning information can be confirmed using the NSW planning portal by click on the link https://www.planningportal.nsw.gov.au/spatialviewer/#/find-a-property/address.

    Q. I have received a connection offer with a 5kW export limitation. What does this mean?

    A. The total solar export for this premises, including all combined connected solar systems must be export limited to 5 kW. If a connection offer relates to a three-phase system, 5kW is the total export at site balanced across 3 phases (e.g. 1.67kW per phase).

    Q. What if I am installing a single phase embedded generation system greater than 5kW and equal to or less than 10kW system within an urban domestic embedded network (e.g. townhouse complex, lifestyle village)?

    A. The application must include details of all the embedded generating systems within the embedded network connected to the same low voltage connection point, and the voltage rise calculations with all generating systems. The application will be reviewed by Essential Energy’s connection team, with consideration given to all existing and proposed generation at the connection point.

    Further Information

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


  • Composite Poles now available in Power Lines Pro

    16 Dec 2020
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    What is Happening?

    Essential Energy has made further improvements to Power Lines Pro to enhance the user experience for Accredited Service Providers (ASPs).

    Composite poles are now available in Power Lines Pro, as per Essential Energy drawing no. CEOM7101.90 within the Network Automodel pole library section of the platform.

    Note: Not all composite poles have been created. Essential Energy will automatically update the Network Automodel pole library on the Power Lines Pro platform with the remaining composite poles when the technical parameters are available.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the Network Automodel pole library in Power Lines Pro to access the updated information
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    Further Information

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

  • Changes to design criteria for application of additional load to existing distribution poles

    03 Dec 2020
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    Design Criteria for the application of additional load to existing poles.

    Our current CEOM7097 Overhead Design Manual section 3.5.10 design requirements apply full design loads and a strength reduction factor of 0.5 to existing distribution poles. While this often results in only a modest tip load increase, it requires existing pole replacement.

    To limit the need for existing pole replacements, the following changes will be made to CEOM7097 section 3.5.10 Timber pole assessment for additional loads:

    • For evaluating the suitability of retaining existing poles for additional loads, a Strength Reduction Factor (ǿ) of up to 0.7 can be applied for existing preservative treated poles only. All new poles and existing natural round (untreated) poles shall use a Strength Reduction Factor of 0.5 as per Essential Energy Overhead Construction Manual drawing CEOM7101.03.
    • Wind loads and drag coefficients shall correspond to the values shown in clause 3.5.6.8 – Table 3.5.6.8.2 (Regions A1-A7) and Table 3.5.6.8.3 (Region B) as applicable for a 50 Year Design Working Life and 50 Year Wind Return Period.

    These changes are effective immediately and will be updated in the next release of the design manual.

    Please note:

    These changes apply to distribution poles only, not sub-transmission poles.

    When determining the ultimate limit strength of existing wood poles all ASPs are required to calculate the residual pole strength using the Wall Thickness, the lower of either the Critical Zone diameter or Above Ground diameter and the Fibre Stress of the wood pole as defined by the pole species in conjunction with AS2878. These inputs are all found in Essential Energy’s GIS or alternatively residual pole strengths are automatically calculated for each pole when using the Power Lines Pro platform and Essential Energy’s Network Automodel.

    Two examples of residual pole strength are shown in the table below for existing wood poles.

    • Pole 1 is an existing Preservative Treated 17 m, 6 kN Stress grade S2 (85 MPa) timber pole.
    • Pole 2 is an existing Natural Round 17 m, 6 kN Stress grade S2 (85 MPa) timber pole. Pole 1 and Pole 2 have different Ground line diameters (GD) and Wall thickness (W).

    The available capacity value in the table is compared against the total design load on the structure determined by design assessment.

    These new requirements have been updated in Essential Energy’s Network Automodel for Asps who use Power Lines Pro, as shown in the diagram below:

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the above additional load on existing poles.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View this communication via Essential Engagement at engage.essentialenergy.com.au/ASP

    Further Information

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

  • Update to Asset Label Request form

    18 Nov 2020
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    What is happening?

    Essential Energy’s Asset Label Request Form (CEOF6708 – Operational Form – Contestable Works – Asset Label Request) has been amended to accommodate predrilled pillars.

    Please use the guide below when ordering labels for pits and pillars:

    • For Pit and Streetlight – order NP Small
    • For Predrilled Pillars – order NP Large for Poles and Pillars

    Please use the labels you currently have for open projects and order the new size for future projects via the form or for Level 3 ASPs through the BetterConnect Portal.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the above form and be aware of the change for Pillar labels.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. Download the latest issue 3 of CEOF6708 - Operational Form – Contestable Works – Asset Label Request from the Document Library.

    Further Information

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

  • Safety Brief – Recent Procedural Updates

    10 Nov 2020
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    Essential Energy has recently undertaken reviews into several electrical safety related policy and procedures, Safety Brief 943 Recent Procedural updates, outlines the changes to CEOP2422 Safe Approach and CEOP2377 Equipotential and Personal Protective Bonding and is available on the Document Library and Essential Engagement/ASP.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Familiarise yourself with the procedural changes.
    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 Network Data Access for Level 3 ASPS - Power Lines Pro

    27 Oct 2020
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    What is happening?

    In July 2020 Essential Energy made a 3D model of our overhead network, construction libraries and LiDAR data available to Level 3 ASPs. This information is available to access for Accredited Service Providers who are registered 3A and/or 3B employees with the NSW Department of Planning, Industry & Environment. If this is you, then you have the option to request access through Power Lines Pro – a third party an online platform for power line design.

    Before access to Essential Energy’s 3D model on the Power Lines Pro platform is granted you will need to be registered for the BetterConnect Portal. Access to the BetterConect Portal is free. If you do not have access to the BetterConnect Portal please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au, requesting registration to the BetterConnect Portal.

    If you are already registered for the BetterConnect Portal please complete the ‘Access Request for Power Lines Pro’ form and submit to aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au. Once received your request this will be processed, and you will gain access.

    Further Information

    Further information on Power Lines Pro and the 3D Model can be found on Essential Engagement, under Digital Asset Management.

    Visit the Power Lines Pro website - especially their support pages, for further information, FAQs, tutorials, troubleshooting and access to the community forums at: https://www.powerlinespro.freshdesk.com/support/home.

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

  • Clarification of variations to CEOM7206.04 Standard Streetlight Footing Designs

    29 Oct 2020
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    Background

    Following recent questions, we have outlined below what Essential Energy requires to accept requests for variations to CEOM7206.04 streetlight footing designs.

    Certification of variations

    Prior to submitting a streetlight footing design to Essential Energy that varies from CEOM7206.04 (e.g. with alternative cage designs, depth, etc), Level 3 ASPs must ensure the design has been certified by a suitably qualified civil engineer, and provide a copy of this certification to Essential Energy as an accompanying letter. The alternative design can then be certified with the original submission.

    At the time of construction, if a Level 1 ASP requests a variation to a plan certified by Essential Energy, variations will need to be resubmitted for re-certification by the Level 3 ASP. Any variations will incur the standard fees charged by Essential Energy.

    Please also note that variations identified within ‘As-Built’ drawings or designs may not be accepted by Essential Energy.

    Future improvements

    If you have any feedback about our existing Standard/s, or suggestions for future improvement, such as potential cost reductions or efficiency gains that could be achieved without impacting quality or safety, please send them to aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au for consideration on future revisions.

    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.