The AEMC today published an issues paper for our review into the effectiveness of gas pipeline regulation. This review is looking at Parts 8 to 12 of the National Gas Rules (NGR) to address concerns that consumers may be paying more than necessary for gas pipeline services.
The issues paper seeks stakeholder views on the policy objectives of the gas access regime, as well as the purpose and operation of the current regulatory framework for the economic regulation of covered gas transmission and distribution pipelines. Submissions are due by Tuesday 22 August 2017.
The review is considering whether rules need to be changed so that pipeline services are subject to appropriate regulation, including price regulation. It is also considering strengthening rules relating to access negotiation and dispute resolution between pipeline service providers and their customers.
The review will be informed by the experiences of gas consumers, industry participants, regulators and governments.
We are working closely with the Gas Market Reform Group, established by the COAG Energy Council, which is progressing implementation of recommendations from the AEMC’s east coast gas review. We are also consulting the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, Australian Energy Regulator and the Economic Regulation Authority of Western Australia.
The AEMC will publish a draft report in February 2018 and provide a final report to the COAG Energy Council in June 2018.
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