Where the ISP identifies an actionable project, the National Electricity Rules (NER) require AEMO to request submissions for non-network option proposals. AEMO and the relevant Transmission Network Service Provider (TNSP) must provide a preliminary assessment on each non-network proposal as to whether it meets or is reasonably likely to meet the relevant identified need. If the assessment concludes this is the case, the TNSP must assess the non-network proposal in its Project Assessment Draft Report (PADR).
The purpose of the assessment is to determine whether each of the proposed non-network options meets, or is reasonably likely to meet, the relevant identified need, either as a standalone non-network option or in conjunction with a network option as a hybrid solution.
AEMO consulted on non-network options for the Central-West Orana REZ Transmission Link and received several confidential submissions for non-network options to address the identified need.
The Final Report was published on 14 May 2021 and is available below. This report concluded that all the submitted non-network options are reasonably likely to assist with meeting the identified need.