The AEMC has released a consultation paper on a rule change request received from Ergon Energy Queensland (Ergon). The request is to amend the National Energy Retail Rules to enable retailers to delay issuing a bill to small customers on a standing offer until a meter read is provided by the relevant Metering Data Provider. Ergon considers that this will increase the proportion of bills for small customers that are based on actual electricity consumption, and reduce the number of estimated bills issued.

The consultation paper has been prepared to facilitate stakeholder feedback on the rule change request. Stakeholders are invited to make submissions by 28 January 2016.