The AEMC has commenced consultation on a rule change request from SP AusNet regarding cost recovery of network support service arrangements that defer distribution network augmentation and connection assets.

In particular, the rule change request seeks to provide for specific network support pass throughs for recovery of the costs relating to these network support service arrangements. This would allow for such costs to be recovered during a regulatory control period with the approval of the AER. SP AusNet considers there is a specific need for such network support pass throughs in Victoria, where distribution businesses are responsible for planning connection assets used to connect transmission and distribution networks.

Submissions on the first round of consultation will close on 10 May 2013.