Category Archives for "Regulatory News"

Sep 14

Regulatory reform to the Pilbara electricity network

Access Arrangements & Price Determinations , Energy Sector News , Public Utilities Office , Regulatory News

WEM reliability electricity

The Public Utilities Office has begun work on the design of a new regulatory framework for the Pilbara’s North West Interconnected System (NWIS) to open up access to the grid to third parties and coordinate the day to day operation of the network.  The 9 August media statement from Energy Minister Ben Wyatt said that the […]

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Aug 23

Electricity market reform back on the agenda for South West grid

AER – Australian Energy Regulator , Balancing Market , Capacity Market , Energy Sector News , ERA – Economic Regulation Authority , Regulatory News , WEM Information


In a speech to the Energy in Western Australia Conference on 23 August, Energy Minister Ben Wyatt announced the Government’s intentions for reform of the Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM).  The WEM supplies electricity to the major population centres in Western Australia extending from Perth to Kalgoorlie, Albany and Kalbarri. The reforms that were announced today […]

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Jun 14

Finkel Review Releases Recommendations for Energy Reform

COAG , Energy Sector News , NEM Information , Regulatory News

Australia’s Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, provided a report entitled “Independent Review into the Future of the National Electricity Market” on 9 June 2017 (the Finkel Review).  The report contains a list of recommendations for improving reliability and efficiency of electricity supply through the National Electricity Market (NEM).  Although focussed on the NEM, many of […]

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Jul 29

Power and Water NT – proposed changes to retail supply code

Regulatory News , Retail Markets


The Power and Water Corporation (PWC) has proposed changes to the retail supply code in response to the substantial structural reforms presently underway in the Northern Territory, including the: introduction of a wholesale electricity market; structural separation of PWC; and the entrance of new retailers. In response to PWC’s proposal, the Utilities commission published a […]

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Mar 18

Melbourne Water Price Review – draft decision

ESC – Essential Services Commission of Victoria , Regulatory News

Melbourne Water draft determination

On 11 March 2016, the Essential Services Commission (ESC) published its draft decision on Melbourne Water’s price review (2016-2021). The ESCs draft decision reduces Melbourne Water’s revenue requirement over the regulatory period down $92m (1.2%) to $7,762.8m down from the $7,854.7m proposed .  The reductions to underlying building block elements are summarised below: Forecast operating […]

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Mar 06

Australian Competition Tribunal decision – electricity networks

Regulatory News

Australian Competition Tribunal decision

On 26 February, the Australian Competition Tribunal (ACT) handed down its decision on applications made by Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Essential Energy, ActewAGL and the Public Interest Advocacy Centre (PIAC) against recent price determinations made by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) for the distribution network service providers. The gas and electricity network companies appealed on the […]

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Dec 18

Amendments to the WA Retail Energy Market Scheme

ERA – Economic Regulation Authority , Regulatory News

Gas retail market scheme

On 18 December, the Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) approved amendments to the Retail Energy Market Company’s (REMCo) Retail Market Scheme, providing for the operation of the Western Australian Gas Retail Market.  Amended rules are as follows: Rule Change C03/15R–Explicit Informed Consent for Move-ins; Rule Change C04/15S–Removal of Reference to Hansen in the Spec Pack; and […]

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Dec 18

Amendments to the WA Technical Rules

ERA – Economic Regulation Authority , Regulatory News

Compliance reporting regulation electricity

On 3 December 2015, Western Power proposed several amendments to the Technical Rules concerning access to and operation of the WA electrical transmission and distribution network.  These changes were mostly in response to the Technical Rules’ ability to accommodate new technologies, in particular, embedded generation connecting to the distribution network. On 14 December, Western Power […]

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