We have amended the Code and the Approved Systems Document to enable the system operator (Transpower) to replace their ageing Generator Communication (GenCo) software for issuing electronic dispatch instructions.
GenCo will be replaced by two alternate communication protocols for dispatch: Inter-Control Center Communications Protocol (ICCP) and web services to:
- ensure secure and reliable delivery of dispatch communications
- reduce technical barriers to market entry and participation, including for new technologies and business models
- increase flexibility and reduce complexity of the dispatch service.
14 September - 31 December 2020Development —
Transition period for updates to new dispatch services and software enhancements
11 September 2018Event —
Workshop for Transpower's Dispatch Services Enhancement project
14 August 2018Decision —
Code amendment to enable Generator Communication (GenCo) dispatch software to be replaced
10 April to 22 May 2018Consultation —Enabling the system operator's dispatch service enhancements projectView consultation
The system operator uses software to issue dispatch instructions to market participants. In 2018, this system was called Generator Communication (GenCo). It needed to be replaced as it was a barrier to entry into the market, had reliability and support issues, and hindered participants from upgrading and maintaining their own systems.
The dispatch service enhancement project (previously the Electronic Dispatch Facility Phase III project) aims to improve flexibility and resilience of the system for dispatch instructions. We investigated amending the Code to allow for more flexibility for participants to use their own systems and software for dispatch instructions. For example, allowing automated responses and increasing complexity of business models and technologies.
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