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Project overview
  • Lead Organisation



    Sydney, New South Wales

    ARENA Program

    Advancing Renewables Program

  • Start date

    29 July 2021

    End date

    30 September 2023

  • Project Partners


This project will leverage a new high-speed simulator that AEMO is currently developing to implement a Next Generation Connections Tool (the Connections Tool).


The Connections Tool Project, combined with the development of an in-house operations simulator, is the first step of a staged approach for delivery of AEMO’s Australian Energy Simulation Centre (AESC), which was investigated through the ARENA-supported ‘National Energy Simulator Feasibility Study ’ completed in July 2019. The Study found that the AESC was technically feasible and could be economically beneficial to the electricity system and identified a suite of seven tools, including two priority tools, the Operations Simulator and the Connections Simulation Tool.


The Connections Tool will help connections applicants, their original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and consultants, Network Service Providers (NSPs), and AEMO collaborate using common data sets to rapidly verify that prospective generators can be safely connected to the electricity network. The Connections Tool will be developed and rolled out in three phases to progressively larger numbers of users. During each phase, the AEMO will engage with users and incorporate stakeholder feedback into successive releases.


On completion of the project, connections applicants will have the option to perform studies incorporating new plant models with wide-area power system models equivalent to those used by AEMO to assess connections applications. In doing so, connections applicants will be able to better design their generating system and have increased confidence that the study outcomes will meet the required acceptance criteria. This is expected to significantly streamline the applications process, reducing the risk, costs, and timeframe to complete connections approval.

Additional impact

Industry input will shape the solution of the Connection Tool. This will include active involvement from industry trial participants, working groups and also providing visibility through industry forums and communications. If you would like to be involved or find out more please contact AEMO via

Last updated 20 June 2023


AEMO simulator to guide renewable grid connections

A new tool will help to streamline the process for renewable generators seeking to connect to the grid.

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