The current connection application process has limitations, particularly where the volume of applications is high.
Sub-optimal outcomes can arise because design decisions have to be taken with limited information which is superseded by new applications. ARC is important, as it helps SP Energy Networks identify ways to address this shortcoming by trialling changes to the existing connections process in collaboration with stakeholders.
The objective will be to trial a new connections process and to supplement this with new commercial arrangements and technology to accelerate the connection of renewable generation connections. Ultimately, this will enable the economic production of greater amounts of low-carbon electricity in a timely and lower cost manner.