Level 3 ASPs

Level 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub-Transmission network assets. If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

Important Document Links:

Contestable Design Team

Northern Region – Drew Bugden P: 07 5506 3838 (Graham Foxwell, Dan Sherwin, Craig McElroy, Cleveland Maltman, David Smith, Steve Cuningham, Martin Tanner)

Central Region – Michael Wilson M: 0488 175 560 (Paul Turley, Cameron Woo, Jason Boundy, Jeena Joseph)

Southern Region – Tom Bollard M: 02 6589 8496 (Micheal Parris, Chris Gorham, Jeremy Bryce, Wayne Armour, Luke Horton)

Complex Team

Level 3 ASPs design overhead and/or underground distribution and Sub-Transmission network assets. If you need further information or support, please email aspinfo@essentialenergy.com.au.

Important Document Links:

Contestable Design Team

Northern Region – Drew Bugden P: 07 5506 3838 (Graham Foxwell, Dan Sherwin, Craig McElroy, Cleveland Maltman, David Smith, Steve Cuningham, Martin Tanner)

Central Region – Michael Wilson M: 0488 175 560 (Paul Turley, Cameron Woo, Jason Boundy, Jeena Joseph)

Southern Region – Tom Bollard M: 02 6589 8496 (Micheal Parris, Chris Gorham, Jeremy Bryce, Wayne Armour, Luke Horton)

Complex Team – David Shawcross M: 0437 558 903 (Paul Elston, Troy Dent, Justin Evans, Ben Dalgarno Fixter, Ben Saxon)

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    Neara Training for Level 3 ASP Designers

    What’s happening?

    You’re invited to join in a series of Neara training sessions we’re holding over four successive Fridays:

    1. 3rd March 2023 from 9am – 10.30am: Introduction to Neara.
    2. 10th March 2023 from 9am – 10.30am: OH Design.
    3. 17th March 2023 from 9am – 10.30am: UG Design.
    4. 24th March 2023 from 9am – 10.30am: Automated Reports, Design Checks, Construction Schedule, Q&A.

    You’re welcome to attend any of these sessions, which will be conducted over Zoom.

    These sessions will not be covering any new material. It will be content already available in our existing resources.

    Who can attend?

    The sessions are open to all Level 3 designers who are:

    • Interested in Neara and want to find out more.
    • A new Neara user.
    • An existing Neara user who’d like a refresher.

    How do I sign up?

    You will need to register before joining the Zoom session, either beforehand, or on the day at least five minutes before the starting time. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

    • Session 1: 3rd March 09:00-10:30: Introduction to Neara: Register Here.
    • Session 2: 10th March 09:00-10:30: OH Design: Register Here.
    • Session 3: 17th March 09:00-10:30: UG Design: Register Here.
    • Session 4: 24th March 09:00-10:30: Automated Reports, Design Checks, Construction Schedule, Q&A Register Here.

    Does it cost anything to attend?

    These training sessions are free of charge.

    What do I need for each training session?

    • Ability to use Zoom.
    • We recommend using two screens – one for Zoom and one for Neara, to try things out, as we go through them.
    • Neara functions best on the preferred Chrome Browser.
    • Neara software. If you aren’t already a Neara user, you can download a free trial which lasts for 10 days from Neara.

    What will I need in the long term if I want to use Neara and have access to Essential Energy’s network data and lidar?

    Although you will not need to do the following to participate in any these four training sessions, in the long term, if you want to use Neara and our network model and Lidar data, you will need:

    • A Neara licence.
    • You must be registered as a Level 3a and/or Level 3b with the Department of Office and Energy Climate Change.
    • To have signed up with Essential Energy’s Essential Connections portal.
    • To have an Okta account with us, which is used for authentication purposes when requesting our network data. This is aligned to one email address and mobile number. Okta access happens automatically when you sign up with Essential Connections.
    • To complete a form requesting our Neara network model access.

    What do you need to do?

    • Register for one of the above Zoom sessions.
    • Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    • View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact the Digital Asset Management project at dam@essentialenergy.com.au. if you have any queries regarding this training.

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    Requesting a DIA for a Major Connection Project & Essential Connections Portal Maintenance

    Essential Connections Portal Maintenance from 10:00am this Friday 10th February - 07:00am 13th February 2023.

    Essential Energy will be performing maintenance on the Essential Connections portal from 10:00am Friday 10th February 2023 to 7:00am Monday 13th February 2023. During this time, applications and enquiries will not be able to be submitted. We apologise for any inconvenience.

    Requesting a DIA for a Major Connection Project

    With the launch of our Major Connections functionality in the Essential Connections portal a few weeks ago we have also introduced a new pathway for submitting a Design Information Application (DIA) request relating to these Major Connections projects. A DIA request requires an ECN number and an application case number, so we have created a new application type called the ‘Major Connection Contestable Works Project application’. The application takes less than 5 minutes to complete, auto-approves and has no fee attached so you can get your application case number and ECN immediately and proceed to your DIA request.

    As part of the application process, we ask for you to enter the ECN number from the Major Connections process so please make sure you get this from the proponent of the Major Connection (or whoever submitted the Detailed Enquiry). The system will not let you proceed if the ECN you select isn’t related to a major connection. Additionally, a DIA can only be requested for a Major Connection when our connections planning team determine that the project has proceeded sufficiently to inform an accurate DIA request. If you try to submit this application and are unable to proceed, please check the ECN number with the connection proponent or ask them to contact their connection co-ordinator.

    We have also developed a guide to help you navigate this new connection application which can be found Essential Connections Support.

    Load Requirements in Application Form

    We have received a few enquiries from customers around whether the ‘Required Load’ fields in our low voltage connection application forms for existing connections require the total load or only the new load required. For these fields you need to enter the total required load following the proposed connection (i.e. existing load plus new load). Our Essential Connections Support-Registered User Guide has been updated to make this requirement clearer.

    User Nicknames

    You would have noticed that on some of the communications sent from the Essential Energy portal your ‘name’ has been a random 20-digit number. We have recently updated the system to use your ‘first name, last name’ instead of the random number.

    What do you need to do?

    • Review the guide to help navigate this new application.
    • Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    • View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

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

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    Managing cases and projects in Essential Connections using list views

    Using List Views to Help You Manage All Your Cases in Essential Connections.

    List views are used in Essential Connections to list out your cases and projects to make it easier for you to manage all your cases. There are two list views that you see on your homepage every time you log into Essential Connections – My Submitted Cases and My Projects.

    Not all the columns for these list views are displayed on the Homepage – to view all the columns press the ‘View All’ button at the bottom of the list view on your Homepage. We have included a number of different bits of information, such as NMI, address and customer surname, in these list views to help you manage your jobs.

    New List View in Essential Connections to Help You Manage All Cases Submitted by your Organisation.

    We have now created a new list view for all users called ‘My Business Cases’. This list view will allow you to see all the cases submitted by anyone in your organisation. It includes the same information as My Submitted Cases with an additional column called Submitted by Contact to allow for visibility of all cases submitted by any employee in your business.

    We have also written an article that is available on our website that steps you through how to find this new view or any of the other views available - Essential Connections Support.

    What do you need to do?

    Further Information

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

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    Reminder Essential Connections: Changes to the Standard Construction Schedule

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    Important Changes to the Standard Construction Schedule.

    As you are aware, Essential Energy is streamlining its customer experience and introducing the Essential Connections Portal powered by Salesforce. It will provide a seamless end-to-end connections process to deliver a great connection experience for our people, partners and customers.

    What does this mean for me?

    To support our updated design standards, we have created a Microsoft Excel template file to standardise design construction schedules and can be downloaded from our Essential Connections Support page. This file will become mandatory for all design submissions from the 14 January 2023.

    The structure of this template is similar existing formatting requirements, with two additional columns – Status and Asset Type. Our Design Submission policy CEOM7001 will be updated to reflect this new format soon.

    Standardised Construction Schedule Format.The Status and Asset type will auto populate from the Standard Drawing Number where possible, or users can select from drop down menus.

    We have also made it easy to convert the construction schedule in the template to a visually suitable format for inclusion on a construction plan with an ‘Export to Construction Plan’ button within the template.

    Construction Schedule example as presented on a Construction Plan.


    What if I am a Neara user?

    Neara users will be able to import Neara CSV output files directly into the template where they will be automatically converted into the required format for submission.

    Neara users can also use our tool to convert Neara output into a visually suitable format for construction plans.

    What do I need to do?

    1. Submit the new Standardised Construction Schedule from 14 January 2023 as this will be mandatory for all new design submissions.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

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

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    Changes to ASP Team Roles

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    What is Happening?

    Following an organisational restructure effective from 9th January 2023, Hamish Wheatley will be leading our ASP team as ASP Connections Manager, and your point of contact. He can be contacted via email: hamish.wheatley@essentialenergy.com.au.

    This will allow Hamish to provide support to the ASP relationship team while we transition to a customer friendly connections process Hamish Wheatley brings both a technical background as well as experience in providing customer focused outcomes

    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.

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    ASP Forums 2022 - Wrap Up

    What is Happening?

    ASP Forums were held via zoom in November and December 2022, we appreciate that your business is your number one priority and that you may not have been able to attend. As such, a recording of one of the sessions is available on Essential Engagement

    What do you need to do?

    Watch the Recording of the ASP November/December 2022 Forum.

    Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.

    View this communication via Essential Engagement

    Further Information

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

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    Essential Connections Weekly Update 24th November 2022

    Planning Assessment Enquiry

    This week we are releasing a new Planning Assessment Enquiry process which effectively replaces the old ‘feasibility DIP’ process. The Planning Assessment Enquiry process is to be used by customers where they would like a formal assessment from our planning team to identify potential network augmentation needs on a project to help inform whether the project should proceed to a formal connection application. Fees apply for this service.

    For further information on this service and for information on how to apply please refer to our Planning Assessment Enquiry knowledge article on Essential Support.

    Note that the Planning Assessment Enquiry does not give you a binding connection offer and you will still be required to submit a connection application if you want to proceed with the connection.

    Standard Auto Approval fee change

    The new Essential Connections portal has allowed for a more efficient approval process, an automated approval and offer creation. One example of this is the new Subdivision application where augmentation is known and accepted upfront.

    Our existing fee structure has not accounted for this change, a new fee will be added in the next regulatory period. In the interim Essential Energy have made a decision to change the fee charged for a Standard offer where it has been auto approved, to the Connection offer service - Basic fee.

    This change will be implemented in the system on 1st December, automatically. You will see the new amount in your invoice from this date.

    For more information on Ancillary Network Service fees visit our website, Pricing Schedule for Ancillary Network Services.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Review the above and make your customers aware.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

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

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    Document Library unavailable for three hours on Monday, 28th November 2022

    What is Happening?

    Our Document Library will be unavailable from 12 noon until 3pm on Monday, 28 November 2022 while routine maintenance is carried out.

    Please help minimise inconvenience by sourcing any necessary documents prior to this.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Ensure you have sourced your documents prior to the scheduled maintenance date and time.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View this communication via Essential Engagement

    Further Information

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

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    Register for Essential Energy ASP Zoom forums: November/December 2022

    What is happening?

    To protect everyone’s health and safety, we’ll hold our next round of ASP engagement forums via Zoom, rather than face to face.

    In this round, we’ll be covering a range of topics including Safety, Standards update, our BetterConnect project and Connections Changes.

    We encourage you to participate in these forums. You’ll have the opportunity to discuss our plans and initiatives, and to ask questions or raise issues with Essential Energy team members.

    Dates and times

    Click on one of the session date/time options below to reserve your preferred session time, each session will run for two hours (all sessions will have the same content).

    Date

    Time

    Link

    Tuesday 29th November 2022

    11:00am – 1:00pm

    Register Here

    Wednesday 30th November 2022

    5:00pm - 7:00pm

    Register Here

    Thursday 1st December 2022

    9:00am - 11:00am

    Register Here

    A confirmation email will be sent to you with the Zoom meeting details once you have registered.

    What do you need to do?

    1. Select the session date above and reserve your spot to attend one of our forums.
    2. Communicate this information to relevant members of your organisation.
    3. View this communication via Essential Engagement.

    Further Information

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


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    ASP & Electrical contractor Briefing - 2022 Central West Floods

    ASP and Electrical Contractor Briefing: 2022 Central West Floods

    • Safety must be the highest priority when testing and reconnecting customers.
    • All submerged meters must be bypassed by an Essential Energy representative before reenergising premises.
    • A CCEW must be submitted to Essential Energy to confirm the premise is safe to connect.
    • A NOSW must be submitted as soon as possible after an ASP reconnects a premise.

    Flood Recovery

    The recent floods in the Central West of NSW have caused catastrophic property damage for our customers. Essential Energy is committed to supporting Accredited Service Providers (ASP’s) and Electrical contractors safely reconnect properties after thorough testing has been completed.

    Safety

    At all times consider the safety of yourself, customers and Essential Energy team members when testing and reconnecting customers.

    Ensure the following:

    • Follow your own safety management systems and safe work methods.
    • Ensure you have isolated all incoming supplies, even if the network is deenergised.
    • Disconnect and isolate faulty circuits at the switchboard. Prevent customers reconnecting until safe.
    • Do not leave exposed cabling, GPO and light terminals after gyprock has been removed.
    • A GPO mounted in the switchboard can provide electricity supply if all other circuits are isolated. Ensure that all new installations are installed to current standards and protected by a RCBO.
    • All meters and frequency injection relays (FIR) that have been submerged by flood water must be bypassed by Essential Energy before the premise is energised.

    CCEW

    All premises must be inspected, tested and repaired before reconnecting. A Certificate of Compliance Electrical Work (CCEW) must be submitted to Essential Energy via Essential Energy’s Secure Web Form (SWF) portal immediately after the premise is deemed safe to connect. The premise does not have to be brought up to currents standards if only safety testing and no additional equipment is installed.

    For further information see the recent Essential Engagement “Reimbursement for reconnection – Flood impacted customers Central West” dated 17/11/22.

    Only accredited and authorised ASP’s can reconnect disconnected premises. Electrical contractors can either contact an ASP or Essential Energy will reconnect upon receipting a CCEW without an associated NOSW. SPDs with a sealed escutcheon plate are the only exception for electrical contractors.

    NOSW

    A Level 2 ASP must submit a NOSW immediately after reconnecting power to a premises (this will avoid our crews having to re-visit these premises).

    A Level 2 ASP authorised person can perform the below:

    • Class 2A – Reconnect at the connection point only.
    • Class 2B – Replace the Service Protection Device (SPD) and reenergise customers isolated at the switchboard.
    • Class 2C – Replace the Service Protection Device (SPD), reenergise customers isolated at the switchboard and reconnect at the connection point and point of common coupling.
    • Class 2D – can only reenergise at the Service Protection Device (SPD) / Meter Protection Device (MPD).

    Information for Re-energisation by Level 2 ASPs

    Required Actions for appropriately authorised Level 2 ASPs when re-energising a premises with flood affected meters and FIRs:

    1. Confirm a CCEW has been submitted and the customers electrical system has been thoroughly checked and tested and is safe to be energised.
    2. Check the meters and FIRs have been bypassed. Please contract Essential Energy to bypass meters before re-energising by calling the Essential Energy Supply interruptions – 13 20 80.
    3. Submit a Notification of Service Work (NOSW) through SWF. For consistency and clarity, in the ‘Comments’ field in Section E make the following note:

    a. For sites with meters only note ‘ALL METERS BYPASSED’.
    b. For sites with meters and an FIR note ‘ALL METERs AND FIR BYPASSED’.

    Essential Energy Contacts

    Further Information:

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

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