Rule Change: Open


On 7 July 2020, SA Power Networks (SAPN) submitted a rule change request 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 request 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 02 July 2020, and the Total Environmental Centre jointly with the Australian Council of Social Services on 7 July 2020. The three requests are being considered by the Commission concurrently. On 12 November 2020, the Commission published a consolidation notice related to the consolidation of ERC0311, ERC0310 and ERC0309.

AEMC’s draft rule

On 25 March 2021, the AEMC made a determination for preferable draft electricity and retail rules to integrate distributed energy resources, such as small-scale solar and batteries, more efficiently into the electricity grid.

The more preferable draft rules are expected to harness the benefits of distributed energy resources by clarifying networks’ role in efficiently providing two-way services, while enabling benefits to accrue to all electricity system users.

Details of the draft rule

The more preferable draft rules amend the NER and the NERR to integrate distributed energy resources more efficiently into the electricity grid. The key aspects of the draft rules are:

  • Updating the regulatory framework to clarify that distribution services are two-way and include export services. This officially recognises energy export as a service provided by distribution networks and gives consumers more influence over what export services networks deliver and how efficiently they deliver them.
  • This will encourage distribution networks to deliver export services that customers value. Currently there are no financial penalties for poor network export service and no rewards for improvements. 
  • Enabling distribution networks to offer two-way pricing for export services, allowing them to develop options that reward owners of distributed energy resources for sending power to the grid when it is needed and charging them for sending power when it is not. This is designed to reward customers for actions that better use the network or improve its operations, and helps allocate costs in a more equitable and efficient way.
  • Allowing flexible pricing solutions at the network level, enabling distribution networks to develop pricing options to suit their capability, customer preferences and jurisdictional policies. 

Public consultation update: distributed energy resources 

The Commission has extended the deadline for submissions to its draft determination on integrating distributed energy resources like household solar and batteries into the power system.

Stakeholder submissions on this rule change are now due on 27 May 2021

The Commission held a virtual public forum on 20 May to discuss the draft determination. A video recording of the forum can be found here and the presentation slides can be found below.

Consultation process so far 

This package of reforms follows a nine-month process of working with stakeholders as part of ARENA’s Distributed Energy Integration Program. The program was led by a steering group of consumer representatives, industry association and energy market bodies. As a result of that work, the St Vincent de Paul Society, the Total Environment Centre, the Australian Council of Social Services and South Australian Power Networks requested the AEMC change the rules. 

The rule change process to date has also included extensive engagements with a range of stakeholders. As well as considering the issues raised in submissions to our consultation paper, the Commission formed a technical working group to consider key issues in advance of making our draft determination. We will continue consulting with stakeholders to inform the thinking for our final determination in July 2021.

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AEMC Documents

Public forum - draft determination


Late submissions

Submissions from Individuals

alistair_morman_private_individual.pdf andrew_zheng-macdonald_private_individual.pdf
angus_bruce_private_individual.pdf angus_mcinnes_private_individual.pdf
annette_barker_private_individual.pdf ashley_southern_private_individual_.pdf
barry_poole_private_submission.pdf ben_stewart_private_submission.pdf
brandon_king_private_individual.pdf brett_odgen_private_submission.pdf
bruce_green_private_submission.pdf bryan_le_bransky_private_individual.pdf
cameron_cross_private_individual.pdf chris_embery_private_individual_.pdf
Christina_la_ponder_private_individual.pdf chris_sheppard_private_individual.pdf
colin_cotterll_private_submission.pdf colin_prebble_private_submission.pdf
craig_french_private_individual_.pdf dale_magee_-_private_submission.pdf
david_arthur_private_submission.pdf david_inkster_private_individual.pdf
david_collen_private_submission.pdf david_white_private_individual.pdf
david_rafferty_private_individual.pdf david_worth_private_submission.pdf
don_willis_private_submission.pdf derek_bolton.pdf
etienne_hingee_private_submission.pdf evelyn_jansen_private_submission.pdf
frank_formosa_private_individual.pdf geoff_mitchell_private_individual_.pdf
gill_hails_private_individual.pdf gary_nahrung.pdf
greg_wolfe_private_submission.pdf gwynneth_singleton_-_private_submission.pdf
henry_dangar_-_private_submission.pdf ian_wieland_private_individual.pdf
jack_breen_private_submission.pdf jacob_semenya_private_individual_.pdf
james_stanger_private_individual.pdf john_chapman_-_private_submission.pdf
john_cotterell_private_individual.pdf Josh_Dunn_private_individual.pdf
john_king_private_individual.pdf john_watt_-_private_submission.pdf
judy_macrae_private_submission_.pdf julian_lawrence_private_submission.pdf
judy_dickman_private_individual.pdf Kaylene Allan - Angela McGowan - Ahmet Bektas.pdf
K.Rajaratnam - Peter Subotic - Neil Hingley.pdf marc_lane_private_individual.pdf
mark_ryan_private_submission.pdf matt_hastwell_private_individual.pdf
mel_lee_private_individual_.pdf melissa_parker_private_individual.pdf
melody_newman_private_submission.pdf michael_fogarty_private_submission.pdf
michael_hanwright_private_individual.pdf michael_king_private_individual.pdf
michael_norris_-_private_submission.pdf Mike_Cottee_private_individual.pdf
namomi_mason_-_private_submission.pdf naromatti_emmet_private_submission.pdf
neil_nash_private_individual.pdf nelson_dsilva.pdf
nick_cassimatis_private_submission.pdf otto_aberle_-_private_submission.pdf
pascal_rodrigue_priate_submission.pdf paul_bibo_private_individual.pdf
paul_jeffrey_private_submissiom.pdf peter_barnes_private_individual.pdf
peter_rose_private_individual.pdf peter_youll_private_individual_submission.pdf
private_individual_1_submission_received_6_april_2021.pdf private_individual_1_submission_received_21_april_2021.pdf
ray_barton_-_private_submission.pdf rebecca_bond_private_submission.pdf
rhonda_stapleton_private_submission.pdf rob_kuys_private_submission.pdf
robert_mitchell_private_individual.pdf robert_stynes_private_submission.pdf
roland_woodson_private_submission.pdf sandra_betts_private_individual.pdf
sarah_pollard_williams_-_private_submission.pdf shane_drew_private_individual.pdf
simone_fox_private_submission.pdf steve_hughes_private_individual.pdf
stephen_jerman_private_individual.pdf stephen_theiler_private_individual.pdf
steve_wright_private_individual.pdf thomas_lewin_private_individual.pdf
timothy_bailey_private_individual.pdf vanessa_cullen_private_submission.pdf
von_meerman_private_individual.pdf william_allaway_private_submission.pdf
Wendy_Pleasance_-_private_individual.pdf theodorus_johannes_kuiters_private_submissions_1.pdf
William_Hamilton_private_individual.pdf solar_citizens_supporters_submissions.pdf

Private Late Submissions


AEMC Documents


AEMC Documents

Workshop documents - 13 August 2020


Late Submissions


Proposal documents