Strengthening protections for customers requiring life support equipment

Strengthening protections for customers requiring life support equipment

AU Energy Compliance, Uncategorized
Photo by Jair Lázaro on Unsplash By Anne Wardell, Compliance Quarter.  The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has today released its final rule in relation to the rights which must be provided to life support customers by energy retailers and distributors. The final rule will become effective from 1 February 2019, however, from 1 February 2018 transitional arrangements will apply. The transitional arrangements are: provide the protections in the current life support rules during the transition period (i.e. 1 February 2018 to 1 February 2019) to all existing customers who are registered as having life support equipment, whether they have provided medical confirmation or not; and provide the protections in the current life support rules during the transition period to all new customers who advise a retailer or distributor they…
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The Demand Management Incentive Scheme

AU Energy Compliance
Last month we talked about Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) funding of the ‘Innovative Demand Response Initiative’ trials https://compliancequarter.com.au/innovative-demand-response-initiative/. In today’s article, we look at the recent release of the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) Demand Management Incentive Scheme (the Scheme). Like the Innovative Demand Response Initiative, the Scheme is also aimed at reducing network pressure by the pro-active management of electricity demand, rather than electricity supply. This scheme focuses on incentivising demand management for Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSPs) only. Background to the Demand Management Incentive Scheme The Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market (the ‘Finkel Report’), released earlier this year, recognised the effect the continuing retirement of older energy generators will have on the National Energy Market (NEM).…
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Who has Life Support Obligations in an Embedded Network?

AU Energy Compliance
As part of the ‘Power of Choice’ reforms, on 1 December 2017, the life support notification obligations for embedded networks were updated. Life support notification obligations ensure that those capable of disconnecting electricity supply (i.e. retailers and distributors) are aware of customer life support needs (such as the connection of a kidney dialysis machine or a ventilator). In today’s article, we explain what the life support obligations in embedded networks are and why it is essential that all businesses involved with an embedded network understand the obligations. [caption id="attachment_2738" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Hush Naidoo on Unsplash[/caption] By Dr Drew Donnelly, Compliance Quarter. Background to Life Support Obligations In an embedded network there may be only one entity directly involved in energy supply. That is, there might be one business…
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Consultation on draft exempt embedded network guidelines (part two): what is a ‘dedicated connection asset’?

Consultation on draft exempt embedded network guidelines (part two): what is a ‘dedicated connection asset’?

AU Energy Compliance
Last week we looked at some of the proposals contained in the draft electricity network service provider registration exemption guideline (draft guideline) (see https://compliancequarter.com.au/consultation-draft-exempt-embedded-network-guidelines-part-one-embedded-network-managers-take-note/). Today we continue that discussion, looking at the changes in that draft guideline that relate to the National Electricity Amendment (Transmission Connection and Planning Arrangements) Final Rule Determination (the rule change). In today’s article, we address the new concept of a ‘dedicated connection asset’ and the exemptions that have been proposed for any business that owns or controls those assets. [caption id="attachment_2730" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Oliver Wendel on Unsplash[/caption] By Dr Drew Donnelly, Compliance Quarter. What is a dedicated connection asset? When we think about an embedded network, we often think of private wiring systems connecting a group of customers to the local electricity network…
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Embedded Network Operators take note: A new General Exemption Order in Victoria

Embedded Network Operators take note: A new General Exemption Order in Victoria

AU Energy Compliance
The sale of electricity in Victoria is regulated by the Electricity Industry Act 2000 (VIC).  Sellers must either operate under a licence or an exemption. Most embedded network operators (ENOs) in Victoria operate under a General Exemption Order (‘GEO’) that exempts them from the requirement to hold a licence. On 15 November 2017, a GEO under section 17 of the Electricity Industry Act 2000 (VIC) was published in the Victorian Government Gazette. The new GEO implements recommendations from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning, whose final report was published in August 2017. The new GEO will come into effect from 1 April 2018 (clause 11 will come into effect on 11 July 2018). [caption id="attachment_2716" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Samuel Zeller on Unsplash[/caption] By Connor James, Compliance Quarter. …
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Taking the Axe to Embedded Network Exemptions

AU Energy Compliance
Yesterday we spoke about the final Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) report on the regulation of embedded networks. Recommendations from the report will be considered by COAG and are likely to be implemented mid-to-late next year. Today, we answer Five Key Questions for existing embedded network operators. [caption id="attachment_2700" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Malte Wingen on Unsplash[/caption] By Anne Wardell and Connor James, Compliance Quarter.  If implemented, the AEMC recommendations will effectively take an axe to the existing regulation of embedded networks, redefining a sector of the energy market that is growing in importance and prevalence. The changes discussed in this article are focused on NECF jurisdictions (NSW, QLD, SA, ACT and Tas). In an article to follow we will consider similarly significant changes to be implemented in Victoria following…
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Consultation on draft exempt embedded network guidelines (part one): embedded network managers take note

Consultation on draft exempt embedded network guidelines (part one): embedded network managers take note

AU Energy Compliance
On 17 November, the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) released the latest Draft Guideline – Exemption from Registration as a Network Service Provider (the Draft Guideline) and an accompanying Issues Paper[1]. AER is consulting on all aspects of the proposed amendments, and encourages submissions from stakeholders by 15 January 2018. [caption id="attachment_2696" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by ål nik on Unsplash[/caption] By Dr Drew Donnelly, Compliance Quarter. Of the changes in the Draft Guideline, three relate to the Transmission Connection and Planning Arrangements final rule determination, and four relate to other matters necessary to update and clarify aspects of the guideline. As the Embedded Network Manager (ENM) regulatory changes have just come into effect (1 December 2017), this article looks at two small changes in the draft Guideline that could have a…
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Understanding GDPR: Opportunities and Risks

Understanding GDPR: Opportunities and Risks

Consumer, Uncategorized
In this post on understanding GDPR, we'll look at the following: Data Disruption Regulation in the age of Data The GDPR Opportunity? What are the Next Steps? The post forms the commentary by our regulatory specialists on a recent webinar on understanding GDPR conducted for our clients and interested parties. Below is the video content of the webinar: Introducing Anne Wardell - Compliance Quarter Regulatory Specialist Anne is a former of the Victorian Bar with over thirty years' experience as a lawyer. She was also the National Director of Insolvency at the ATO and a Deputy Registrar of the Federal Court of Australia. She was an insolvency specialist acting for liquidators, banks and the Official Receiver, before moving into compliance and regulations. She has advised energy retailers in relation to…
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Greater Regulation of Embedded Networks in 2018

Greater Regulation of Embedded Networks in 2018

AU Energy Compliance
Today we look at two new publications that will impact the regulation of embedded networks in 2018. This month saw the release of the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) final report on the Regulation of Embedded Networks along with the publication of Version 6 of the Electricity Network Service Provider Exemption Guideline (draft) by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER). [caption id="attachment_2683" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Seb Zurcher on Unsplash[/caption] By Connor James, Compliance Quarter. Electricity Network Service Provider Guideline As readers will be aware, in the Eastern States, anyone who engages in an electricity distribution activity must either be registered with the Australian Energy Market Operator as an electricity network service provider or must gain an exemption from that requirement. Exemptions are granted by the AER. On 17 November 2017,…
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A new Consumer Data Right for 2018: What we Know So Far

A new Consumer Data Right for 2018: What we Know So Far

Consumer, Uncategorized
On 26 November the Federal Government announced its intention to legislate a national Consumer Data Right next year, following the recommendations of the Productivity Commission (which you can view here). In today’s article we look at what we currently know about this proposed data right and suggest how it relates to existing data rights and other changes proposed by the Government. [caption id="attachment_2680" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Pana Vasquez on Unsplash[/caption] By Dr Drew Donnelly, Compliance Quarter. What we know so far The Government will announce its formal response to the Productivity Commission’s Inquiry Report Data Availability and Use (PC Report) in a few weeks time, so this announcement is a ‘sneak peek’, with more detail to be released shortly. Nevertheless, there are a few things that we know from…
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