The QLD Electricity and Other Legislation (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) Amendment Bill 2018

The QLD Electricity and Other Legislation (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) Amendment Bill 2018

AU Energy Compliance
On 15 February, the Electricity and Other Legislation (Batteries and Premium Feed-in Tariff) Amendment Bill 2018 was introduced to the Queensland Parliament by the Minister for Natural Resources, Mines and Energy. The Bill seeks to make three key changes to the regulation of the sale of electricity in Queensland. [caption id="attachment_3191" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by David Clode on Unsplash[/caption] By Alex Silcock, Compliance Quarter. Removal of the Non-reversion Policy for Small Customers: Over 10 years ago, in an effort to increase competition, the Queensland Government introduced legislation specific to the government-owned retailer Ergon Retail. The effect of that law was to prevent customers in areas of regional Queensland who had switched retailers, from switching back to Ergon. The proposed amendments to the National Energy Retail Law Queensland Application Act will…
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Understanding the Reliability Obligation: Part 2 of the NEG Consultation

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We recently discussed the Energy Security Board’s (ESB) consultation on high-level design for the emissions obligation in the National Energy Guarantee (https://compliancequarter.com.au/information-national-energy-guarantee/). Today we look at the second component, the reliability obligation. That is, the obligation that market retailers (and perhaps other market customers or the AEMO) have to ensure that there is sufficient dispatchable energy available for reliable energy provision. [caption id="attachment_3170" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Gabriel Spenassatto on Unsplash[/caption] By Dr Drew Donnelly, Compliance Quarter. Note, this is not a comprehensive summary of the consultation document and to see the full document and list of consultation questions go to;   http://www.coagenergycouncil.gov.au/sites/prod.energycouncil/files/publications/documents/Energy%20Security%20Board%20National%20Energy%20Guarantee%20-Consultation%20Paper_0.pdf 1.How should the ‘reliability gap’ be forecast? ESB asks how reliability pressures which would trigger the obligation might be forecast. The ESB proposes that the forecasting horizon be…
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ACCC compliance and enforcement priorities for 2018 include energy

AU Energy Compliance, Consumer, Uncategorized
In this article, we examine ACCC compliance and enforcement priorities for 2018, including energy and the consumer data right. By Anne Wardell, Compliance Quarter.  Mr Rod Sims, Chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has launched the ACCC’s Compliance and Enforcement Policy for 2018. One of the key areas of focus in 2018 will be energy and its affordability. Also relevant in 2018 will be the introduction of the Consumer Data Right. In his speech to the Committee for Economic Development of Australia (CEDA) on 20 February 2018, Mr Sims said: ‘As I have repeatedly said, Australia faces an energy affordability crisis. This has upended one of Australia’s core sources of competitive advantages and caused significant consumer harm. The ACCC’s retail electricity pricing inquiry report and the ACCC’s wholesale gas…
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Service Classification, Asset Exemption, Revenue Proposals and RIT Applications: AER seeks feedback

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In today’s update, we provide a whirlwind summary of three issues (Service Classification, Asset Exemption, Revenue Proposals and RIT Applications) that the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has recently sought stakeholder feedback on. To read the issues papers, questions and proposals in full, go to the AER pages linked to in the article. [caption id="attachment_3152" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Alex Jones on Unsplash[/caption]   By Dr Drew Donnelly, Compliance Quarter.  1. Issues paper: Service classification and asset exemption guidelines AER has released an issues paper initiating consultation on new guidelines for service classification and for asset exemption for electricity distribution network service providers (DNSPs). Service classification is when the AER determines how or whether a service offered by a DNSP will be regulated. For example, currently service classified as ‘standard control…
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Window safety devices in common areas

Consumer, Uncategorized
By Anne Wardell, Compliance Quarter.  Owners corporations must ensure that all windows fitted to common property, above the ground floor, comply with the window safety devices legislation by 13 March 2018. This is a mandatory requirement which is imposed on the Owners Corporation. It is contained in the Strata Schemes Management Act 2015 (NSW) (SSMA) and the Strata Schemes Management Regulation 2016 (NSW) (SSMR). Section 118 of the SSMA sets out the requirements for window safety devices – child safety. Rule 30 of SSMR provides information regarding what is a building, window and screen for the purposes of s 118. Note that subsection 118(4) of the SSMA applies to an owner of a lot who installs a window safety device. If the owner installs the device then he or she…
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AGL pays penalty for failing to inform customers that contract ending

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By Anne Wardell, Compliance Quarter.  The AGL group of companies has paid penalties totalling $60,000 in response to three infringement notices issued individual companies within the group. The infringement notices alleged that between 2013 and 2017, AGL pays penalty for failure to notify more than 1000 customers across NSW, SA and QLD that their fixed term retail contracts were due to end. The infringement notices are available on the AER website here. The notices alleged a breach of subrule 48(2) of the National Energy Retail Rules which requires a retailer to notify a small customer with a fixed term retail contract when that is to end. The notice must include: • the date on which the contract will end; • details of the prices, terms and conditions applicable to the…
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Advance warning of energy discount expiry

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By Anne Wardell, Compliance Quarter.  The National Energy Retail Amendment (Notification of end of fixed benefit period) Rule 2017 No. 2., Schedule 1 commenced on 1 February 2018. It amended the National Energy Retail Rules (the Rules) in the following way: • Omitted the existing Rule 45A and introduced a new Rule 45A Definitions; • Inserted a new Rule 48A Retailer notice of benefit change – market retail contract; and • Inserted a new Rule 48B Benefit change notice guidelines. The amended rule requires energy retailers with small customers on market retail contracts for gas or electricity which includes a minimum or fixed benefit period to notify customers prior to the end of the benefit period (energy discount expiry). The Information Sheet which accompanies the Rule change sets out the…
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Further information on the National Energy Guarantee

Further information on the National Energy Guarantee

AU Energy Compliance
Yesterday we received some further information on the National Energy Guarantee in the form of a consultation paper. We have summarised this for you below. Also of interest was the release of the following (thanks to the Smart Energy Council for the heads up): Climate Council energy storage report http://www.climatecouncil.org.au/battery-storage-2018 International Energy Agency report on Australia (link to report here) When we first discussed the National Energy Guarantee (NEG), details were thin on the ground. New materials have just been released by the Energy Security Board (ESB) providing a significant amount of information about how the NEG might operate and asking for stakeholder input. As this is a significant piece of reform we look at the two key components of the NEG separately. In today’s piece, we look at the…
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Explicit Informed Consent: Energy Industry Refresher

Explicit Informed Consent: Energy Industry Refresher

AU Energy Compliance
Explicit informed consent is required to 'switch' a consumer from one retailer to another. Following extensive news and political coverage of energy costs, we are seeing an increase in the numbers of consumers 'switching.' Today we look at the elements of explicit informed consent, compliance failures, and risk factors. Explicit informed consent is one of the most important concepts in the energy industry. “Explicit informed consent is a key protection and it is critical to ensuring that customers are confident engaging in the energy market,"...“The AER takes any failure by retailers to meet this obligation very seriously, and will take enforcement action in appropriate cases." - AER Board Member Jim Cox [caption id="attachment_3106" align="aligncenter" width="640"] Photo by Clem Onojeghuo on Unsplash[/caption] By Connor James, Compliance Quarter. Why Explicit Informed Consent (EIC)…
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Webinars with the Energy Experts at Compliance Quarter

Webinars with the Energy Experts at Compliance Quarter

AU Energy Compliance, Uncategorized
In addition to our regular news updates and analysis, the regulatory energy experts at Compliance Quarter have been busy helping to educate our clients with free webinars. Over the last 8 months, we've engaged with over 500 people on our webinar series, allowing us to get free education, advice and news out to more people than we thought possible.   Below is a summary of the webinars we've produced so far, along with links to our upcoming episodes:   Compliance Quarter "Energy Experts" Webinar Series Update on Embedded Networks 16 August 2017 - 11am AEDT - http://bit.ly/2FYmOtB       Energy Retail Update 24 August 2017 - 11am AEDT - http://bit.ly/2sjpdwD       AEMC taking the axe to Embedded Network Exemptions 18 January - 11am AEDT - http://bit.ly/2BKscSU Access Password: Energy001…
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