Rule Change: Open

Overview

On 2 July 2020, St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria (SVDP) 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).
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On 2 July 2020, St Vincent de Paul Society Victoria (SVDP) 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 SVDP 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 SA Power Networks the on 7 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.

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

  • removing impediments in the NER to DNSPs recovering their costs in supporting the export of electricity from the users who export energy

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 SA Power Networks 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.

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Documentation

TECHNICAL WORKING GROUP

AEMC Documents

PENDING

Proposal documents