The AEMC has revised its timing for the draft report for the optional firm access detailed design and testing review.

The revised timetable reflects the Commission’s intention to publish a supplementary report on access pricing in October 2014, which has been delayed due to the challenges in getting access to data.

Given that this supplementary report on access pricing will be published in October 2014, the Commission has revised its timing for publication of its draft report for this project. This report was to be published in November 2014. It will now be published in February 2015. This report will include a draft recommendation as to whether or not optional firm access should be implemented, along with our draft assessment of the benefits and costs of optional firm access.

Importantly, the revised publication date for the draft report will not affect submission of the Commission’s final report to the COAG Energy Council in mid-2015.