The AEMC will hold a stakeholder workshop in Brisbane this month to discuss a detailed package of proposed rules on stand-alone power systems. The rules will enable distribution network businesses to supply their customers using these systems, where it is cheaper than maintaining a connection to the grid. The changes give effect to recommendations in the AEMC’s priority 1 final report for our Review of regulatory frameworks for stand-alone power systems.

The workshop, to be held on 29 January 2020, gives stakeholders an opportunity to provide initial feedback on the proposed reforms. We will give an overview of our draft rule change package, including service classification and planning arrangements, and the SAPS settlement model and price.

In addition, the Australian Energy Regulator will present on the interaction between the Electricity Distribution Ring-fencing Guideline and the proposed draft rule changes. This will include a discussion of the AER’s explanatory note on ring fencing. This provides guidance on when a ring-fencing waiver allowing a distributor to provide SAPS generation services may be needed. It also suggests how such applications might be assessed.

Interested stakeholders can find details about the workshop and register to attend here before 24 January 2020.

For additional registration queries please contact Meghan Dalton on (02) 8296 7800 or

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