The AEMC is currently consulting on proposed reforms to access and charging arrangements as part of our second review into the Coordination of generation and transmission investment. The deadline for submissions on our initial consultation paper has been extended to 26 April 2019. 

This extension will give stakeholders more time to consider the complex issues raised in the paper and the related final report for our first review into improving the coordination generation and transmission investment, published in December 2018.

The consultation paper, published on 1 March 2019, summarises our recommendations made last year in the final Coordination of generation and transmission investment 2018 report to:

  • reform the way generators access and use the transmission network; and
  • review the charging arrangements, which enable transmission businesses to recover the costs of building and maintaining transmission infrastructure, both within and between regions.

We are seeking stakeholder feedback on the recommendations set out in the final Coordination of generation and transmission investment 2018 report, in particular:

  • proposed high level principles for reforming the current access and charging arrangements, including where there are different ways the detailed elements of the proposal could be implemented
  • sequencing of the reforms
  • timing for the reforms to come into effect.

Based on preliminary feedback from stakeholders that the consultation period for the paper was insufficient, we are extending the timeframe for receipt of submissions for an extra four weeks. 

This extension will also allow the Commission to provide additional information to provide further context for stakeholders. A supplementary information paper will be published on 4 April 2019. 

We will shortly form a technical working group of experts from the market bodies, networks, generators and consumer groups to provide input into the proposed reforms and to help develop rule change requests needed to support the reforms. The notes from these meetings will be published on the project page for this review. 

We have published a timeline that sets out the next steps for the review, the consultation proposed and how stakeholders can be involved. It also shows how the Commission will be developing draft rule changes on the proposed reforms in 2019, to be submitted back to the Commission in 2020 for full assessment through the rule change request process.

Media: Prudence Anderson, Communication Director, 0404 821 935 or (02) 8296 7817