4 Months not prompt enough to fix customers’ meters

4 Months not prompt enough to fix customers’ meters

AU Energy Compliance
For the failure to promptly fix meters, the AER has issued eight infringement notices which led three AGL retailers to pay a total of 160,000 in penalties. Each infringement notice cost the AGL entities $20,000. The infringement notices were issued as the AER found that there were sufficient grounds to believe that there was a breach of clause 11.87.7(h) of the National Electricity Rules (NER). The provision requires that a ‘financially responsible Market Participant’ receiving a notice of a metering installation malfunction under clause 11.87.7(g)(3) must ‘promptly appoint a Metering Coordinator’. Note, Embedded Network Retailers are currently not considered ‘financially responsible Market Participants’. However, if the planned changes by the AEMC come into effect it is likely that the same rules apply to Embedded Network Retailers. The infringement notices offer…
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Three reminders for exempt businesses from the latest AER Compliance Report  

Three reminders for exempt businesses from the latest AER Compliance Report  

AU Energy Compliance
The Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) Quarterly Compliance Report: National Electricity and Gas Laws 1 January – 31 March 2018 was recently released.[1] It canvasses a range of compliance activities carried out by the AER over that three-month period, including compliance for wholesale market participants such as retailers, distributors and generators.  Rather than market participants, our focus today is on the AER’s compliance activities with respect to businesses operating under network or retail exemptions. In particular, we look at compliance lessons for Embedded Network Operators (ENOs) and exempt businesses using power purchase agreements (PPAs). By Dr Drew Donnelly, Regulatory Specialist, Compliance Quarter. Advising embedded network customers that seek to go ‘on market’ The AER observes that embedded networks are now expected to be fully in compliance with the power of choice…
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