Rule Changes: Completed

Expanding competition in metering and related services

Reference:
ERC0169
Proponents:
COAG Energy Council
Decision:
Rule made
Amending rule:
2015 No. 12
Commenced:
26-Nov-2015 , 01-Dec-2017
Amending chapters:
NER: Chapter 2,5, 6,7,8,9,10,11, NERR: Part 1,2,4,5,6,7,8 and Schedule 1, 2 and 3
Rule version:
76
Other rule versions:
4 [NERR]

Overview

On 26 November 2015, the AEMC made a final rule that will open up competition in metering services and will give consumers more opportunities to access a wider range of services.

On 26 November 2015, the AEMC made a final rule that will open up competition in metering services and will give consumers more opportunities to access a wider range of services. 

The competitive framework is designed to promote innovation and lead to investment in advanced meters that deliver services valued by consumers at a price they are willing to pay. Improved access to the services enabled by advanced meters will provide consumers with opportunities to better understand and take control of their electricity consumption and the costs associated with their usage decisions.

The new arrangements, which will commence on 1 December 2017, have required changes to the National Electricity Rules (NER) and the National Electricity Retail Rules (NERR).

The final rule changes who has overall responsibility for the provision of metering services by providing for the role and responsibilities of the Responsible Person to be performed by a new type of Registered Participant - a Metering Coordinator.  Any person can become a Metering Coordinator subject to satisfying certain registration requirements.

Retailers are required to appoint the Metering Coordinator for their retail customers, except where a party has appointed its own Metering Coordinator.

The final rule also includes a number of other features to support the competitive framework for the provision of metering services, including consumer protections.   

Background

The final rule was made in response to a rule change request from the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Energy Council. The Commission’s final rule is a more preferable rule, but contains many of the elements of the COAG Energy Council’s rule change request. 

The COAG Energy Council’s rule change request identified that despite the benefits advanced meters can offer, the current regulatory framework allows, and potentially encourages, the continued installation of meters with only limited functionality. 

This rule change is a part of a series of changes recommended in the Commission’s Power of Choice review, including establishing new network pricing arrangements and making it easier for consumers to access their electricity consumption information.

There has been extensive consultation over an 18 month period as part of the development of these new rules and careful consideration given to the views of different stakeholders.  Further information about each stage of consultation can be found below under the documentation section for this rule change. 

 

 

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Documentation

AEMC Documents

AEMC Documents

Submissions

Late submissions

AEMC Documents

Public forum – 30 April 2015

Submissions

Late Submissions

AEMC Documents

Submissions on implementation timetable

AEMC Documents

Workshop 1 – The Metering Coordinator role – 26 June 2014

Workshop 2 - Network regulatory arrangements – 1 August 2014

Workshop 3 – Relationships between parties – 28 August 2014

Workshop 4 – Proposed model arrangements (summary) – 24 September 2014

Workshop 5 – Minimum specification, jurisdictional proposals and arrangements for Victoria – 9 October 2014

Workshop 6 – Outstanding policy issues – 22 January 2015

Operational workshop – 16 July 2015

AEMC Documents

Submissions on Consultation Paper

Late submissions

Extension of time