Modernising Electricity Regulation: The AES Framework and Embedded Networks in Western Australia

Modernising Electricity Regulation: The AES Framework and Embedded Networks in Western Australia

Embedded Networks, WA Energy Compliance
Background The existing licensing framework overseeing the sale and supply of electricity in Western Australia (WA) has struggled to adapt to the rapid expansion of emerging and atypical electricity business models in recent years. To address this, in 2019, the then Minister for Energy commissioned Energy Policy WA to assess the regulatory framework in Western Australia. In 2020, Energy Policy WA initiated consultations on a proposed regulatory framework for various categories of 'alternative electricity services' called the Alternative Electricity Services (AES) registration framework. This framework aims to apply customer protection obligations to persons providing electricity services through atypical business models not covered by the existing licensing framework, or where the current framework is deemed inadequate. Legislative amendments to the Electricity Industry Act 2004 (WA) to give effect to the AES…
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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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