Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter (REFCL) reports
REFCL Functional Performance Review
In 2020, ESV engaged Power Systems Consultants (PSC) to undertake an independent functional performance review of REFCL technology (following the implementation of the first tranche of the delivery program) that is designed to reduce the risk of electrical assets igniting catastrophic bushfires. The scope of the engagement was broken up into three components and the key issues/outcomes are summarised in the review below.
- REFCL Functional Performance Review
- Energy Safe Victoria Response to Recommendations
- Victorian Electricity Supply Industry (VESI) Response to Recommendation E
Major electrical company (MEC) responses
Below are the redacted MECs responses to ESV’s REFCL Functional Performance review.
REFCL Cost-Benefit Analysis Report
ESV engaged Nous Group to undertake an independent cost-benefit analysis of the deployment of REFCL technology to review whether the investment in REFCLs is justified to reduce the risk of electrical assets igniting catastrophic bushfires. The key issues, analysis and outcomes are summarised in the below report and Addendum.
- REFCL Cost-Benefit Analysis Report
- Addendum to the Rapid Earth Fault Current Limiter Cost-Benefit Analysis
Applicable legislation and regulations
Visit our legislation and regulations page, to access the relevant legislation including:
- Electricity Safety Act 1998
- Electricity (Bushfire Mitigation) Regulations 2013
- Electricity Safety (Bushfire Duties) Regulations 2017