On behalf of and at the request of the Power System Operator (PSO), EMC procures, primarily through contracts, certain physical services that are needed to maintain reliable system operations but are not offered on real-time markets.
The principal contracted ancillary services that EMC may procure are:
- reactive support and voltage control service,
- black-start capability,
- fast-start services, and
- reliability must-run services.
With EMC granted derogation from Section 184.108.40.206 of Chapter 5 of the Market Rules, EMC can procure ancillary services contract for a period not exceeding 1 year. Henceforth, in consultation with the PSO, EMC procured black-start capability services for period 1 Apr 2013 to 31 Mar 2014, details of which are tabled below:
Ancillary Services Contract Agreement
The cost of ancillary services is recovered by EMC through the Monthly Energy Uplift Charge (MEUC) as outlined in the Market Rules: Chapter 7, Section 4.1.
The 9 key requirements of the ancillary service to be procured for period 1 Apr 2013 to 31 Mar 2014