Standardised Models for Regulated Metering Services

Standardised Models for Regulated Metering Services

AU Energy Compliance
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is developing a standardised metering services model to use in the future across all jurisdictions. The AER intends to standardise the presentation of distributors’ metering expenditure for the AER’s assessment. The outcomes sought are: Better and more transparent presentation for consumers;Unified understanding amongst distributors; andMore time-efficient processing of proposals by the AER. Currently, the AER assesses each distributors proposal for metering models individually, including their CAPEX, OPEX, revenue and pricing models. The absence of a unified collation and presentation structure results in complexities for the AER, retailers and customers. Different models with varying levels of complexity and information content are a significant barrier for retailers and consumers who engage with distributors’ proposals. A unified model is sought to provide for greater engagement of consumers and…
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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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What are the rules for embedded networks in Western Australia?

What are the rules for embedded networks in Western Australia?

AU Energy Compliance
The regulatory landscape for embedded networks in Australia is complicated. There are four separate regulatory frameworks: New South Wales, South Australia, Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Tasmania (National Energy Customer Framework jurisdictions); Victoria; Northern Territory; and Western Australia. By Dr Drew Donnelly, Compliance Quarter. Within each framework, there are significant jurisdictional variations (for example, strata legislation in NSW and Queensland impose different obligations on embedded networks). Furthermore, some frameworks overlap with the others (for example, a Victorian embedded network may require both a network exemption from the Australian Energy Regulator and a network activity exemption from the Essential Services Commission (Victoria)). In today’s article, we look at the key features of the regulatory framework for embedded networks in Western Australia (WA). What is an embedded network? An electricity embedded network is…
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State of the Energy Market

State of the Energy Market

AU Energy Compliance
Today saw the release of the 2017 State of the Energy Market, a report published by the Australian Energy Regulator. There is a lot to digest in the AER's comprehensive and useful report. In this first post, I will briefly look at some of the key themes. It has been a challenging year for the industry, one that has seen significant structural and technological change. 'Technology change is impacting on the wholesale electricity and gas markets more than at any other time in the history of the NEM...' Paula Conboy—AER Chair. Retail and Wholesale Pricing Electricity retail pricing trended higher in 2016, in all states other than Victoria. As I noted in a previous post, significant increases are expected this financial year on top of the average 13 percent in…
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