Rule Change: Open
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.
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 held a virtual public forum on 13 August as part of the consultation on the three rule change requests.
The forum provided an opportunity for the proponents to discuss their rule change requests with stakeholders.
A summary of the forum, the agenda and the presentation slides for the forum can be found under the Workshop Documents heading below.
The AEMC has formed a technical working group of experts to support continued industry input on the proposed rule changes.
The discussion notes from these meetings can be found below.