All documents relating to conventional generation can be found in our document library by selecting the ‘Grid Code’ and ‘Compliance and Testing’ categories and search for ‘Conventional’. The most regularly searched for documents are listed below for ease of access.
Generators submit a Load Profile Request Form before making any changes to generator characteristics, or software upgrades and before carrying out any testing that is not already agreed with EirGrid.
As by European Network for Requirements for Generators (RfG) EirGrid Code has been updated to version 8. Therefore Generators will need to be defined as RfG or Non-RfG as defined by their clauses.
A Generation Unit with a signed Connection Agreement:
a) Connected to the Network on or before the 30th November 2018; or
b) Whose owner has concluded a final and binding contract for the purchase of the main Plant on or before the 30th November 2018 and provides evidence of same, as acknowledged by the TSO, on or before the 31st May 2019. Such evidence shall at least contain the contract title, its date of signature and date of entry into force, and the specifications of the main Plant to be constructed, assembled, or purchased; or
c) Is one of the exceptions to the applicability of the New Generation Unit requirements and is a Generation Unit as follows:
(iv) Installed to provide back-up power and operate in parallel with the Network for less than five minutes per calendar month while the system is in normal system state; or
(v) No permanent Connection point and is used by the TSO to temporarily provide power when normal system capacity is partly or completely unavailable; or
(vi) Energy Storage Units except for Pumped Storage Plant.
An Existing Generation Unit that undergoes a substantial modification to its Connection Agreement and concludes a final and binding contract for the purchase of the Plant being modified after the 30th November 2018 will be deemed a New Generation Unit, unless the Plant being modified is one of the exceptions listed in c) above.
Grid Code Compliance Testing
The Progress Summary is a list of all tests that a Conventional Generator must complete to achieve an Operational Certificate. These tests are divided into phase A (up to energisation), phase B (up to synchronisation) and phase C (up to operational certificate). Template procedures for each test in phase C are published in the table below.
A Generation Unit that is not a Non-RfG Generation Unit.
Grid Code Compliance Testing
The Progress Summary is a list of all tests that a Conventional Generator must complete to achieve an Operational Certificate. These tests are divided into phase A (EON) (up to energisation), phase B (ION) (up to synchronisation) and phase C (FON) (up to operational certificate). Template procedures for each test in phase C are published in the table below.
These tables are categorised into three.
|Alert Test Procedure Template||Automatic Generator Control Test Procedure Template||Block Load Test Procedure Template||Declarations of Fitness Test Procedure Template|
|Demonstration of Start-Up Times Test Procedure Template||Minimum Load Generation Test Procedure Template||Online PSS and Excitation Controller Testing Test Procedure Template||Operation at High and Low Generator Voltages Test Procedure Template|
|Registered Capacity Test ProcedureTemplate||Registered Characteristics Test Procedure Template|
|Verification of Output vs Ambient Conditions Test Procedure Template||Shutdown Time Test Procedure Template|
|Non-RfG Progress Summary Template||Non-RfG Governor Deadband Test Procedure Template||Non-RfG Governor Response and Operating Reserves Test Procedure Template|
|Non-RfG Operation at High and Low Frequency Test Procedure Template||Non-RfG Reactive Power Capability Excitation Limiters Test Procedure Template||Non-RfG Trip To House Load Test Procedure Template|
|RfG Progress Summary Template Checklist||RfG Governor Deadband Insensitivity Test Procedure Template||RfG Governor Response and Operating Reserves Test Procedure Template|
|RfG Operation at High and Low Frequency Test Procedure Template||RfG Reactive Power Capability Excitation Limiters Test Procedure Template||RfG Trip To House Load Test Procedure Template|