Rule Change: Open

Overview

On 7 July 2020, SA Power Networks (SAPN) submitted a rule change requests seeking to amend the National Electricity Rules (NER) applying to the economic regulation of distribution network service providers (DNSPs) in the National Electricity Market (NEM). The proposed amendments may also require consequential changes to the National Energy Retail Rules (NERR).
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On 7 July 2020, SA Power Networks (SAPN) submitted a rule change requests seeking to amend the National Electricity Rules (NER) applying to the economic regulation of distribution network service providers (DNSPs) in the National Electricity Market (NEM). The proposed amendments may also require consequential changes to the National Energy Retail Rules (NERR).

The SAPN rule change request is one of three requests that aim to better facilitate the efficient integration of distributed energy resources (DER) for the grid of the future. The other requests are submitted by the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria on 2 July 2020, and the Total Environmental Centre jointly with the Australian Council of Social Services on 7 July 2020.

Background

Increasing uptake of DER, changing consumer preferences in the way they interact with the energy system, and innovations in network and communications technology are re-defining the role of DNSPs.

SAPN’s proposal aims to identify reform options that enable DNSPs to efficiently manage DER integration and meet consumer preferences. Its proposal focuses on:

  • updating the regulatory framework to directly recognise and consider export services
  • encouraging efficient investment in DER by DNSPs to support the service levels that customers desire
  • removing the current rule that prevents DNSPs from proposing tariffs that include an export component

This rule change request draws on an extensive and collaborative consultation process that was conducted as part of ARENA’s Distributed Energy Integration Program (DEIP). More information on this DEIP work program is available here.

The consultation process

The Commission is considering this rule change request in conjunction with the St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria and Total Environmental Centre/Australian Council of Social Services rule change requests.

The consultation paper covering all three requests was published on 30 July 2020. Submissions on the consultation paper are due on 10 September 2020.

The Commission is holding a virtual public forum on 13 August as part of our consultation on the three rule change requests. Interested stakeholders can register for the forum here before 11 August.

You can view a copy of the agenda here or under the Workshop Documents heading below.

The Commission intends to establish a Technical Working Group as a targeted consultation mechanism to support continued industry input. If you are interested to be part of reference group, please register your interest with registration@aemc.gov.au before 21 August.

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Documentation

INITIATION

AEMC Documents

Workshop documents - 13 August 2020

PENDING

Proposal documents