The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has made a final decision on a claim for compensation for direct costs from Origin Energy Electricity Limited (Origin) due to the application of the administered price cap in June 2022. 

The National Electricity Rules (NER) under clause 3.14.6 and the AEMC compensation guidelines set out a process for market participants to claim compensation for certain losses during an administered price period where the administered price cap (APC) or administered floor price applied. 

The administered pricing compensation framework is designed to maintain the incentive for participants such as generators, scheduled network service providers, scheduled loads, ancillary service providers and demand response service providers to supply or consume energy or services. 

During the June 2022 administered pricing period, Origin’s Roma and Mt Stuart gas peaking generators in QLD incurred net losses while supplying energy into the market. The administered pricing compensation framework ensures that eligible claimants in these circumstances, who have contributed to maintaining reliability during a critical period while the APC was in place, are adequately compensated. 

The AEMC has determined that Origin is entitled to compensation in respect of its compensation claim for direct costs and the amount of compensation that Origin is entitled to is $1,232,024. 

The AEMC will write to the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to advise of the total amount of compensation payable to Origin. AEMO will then recover the cost of compensation from market customers who purchased energy from the spot market in the relevant eligibility periods in the region(s) in which the administered price period applied.

This decision is not indicative of any future decisions. The AEMC will consider the merits of each claim on a case-by-case basis.

More information, including the final decision document can be found here. Information about other claims made in relation to the June 2022 event can be found here

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