Rule Change: Open
The AEMC seeks stakeholders’ views on how the consultation procedures in the electricity, gas and retail rules could be amended to facilitate robust, efficient and adaptable consultation.
AEMO has submitted a rule change request, that aims to make sure consultation processes are able to respond to the changing circumstances in the energy market and still deliver good outcomes for consumers.
The National Electricity Rules (NER), the National Gas Rules (NGR) and the National Energy Retail Rules (NERR) require many matters to be specified in guidelines, procedures, methodologies and reports. The Australian Energy Regulator (AER), AEMO, the Reliability Panel and the Information Exchange Committee, amongst others, are responsible for developing and amending these documents.
The most common consultation process in the NER is the Rules consultation procedures, which require two rounds of consultation. These apply to around 70 different instruments.
AEMO proposes simplifying these to align them with the Transmission and Distribution consultation procedures, which only require one round of consultation and less rigid timelines.
AEMO has also proposed that the Extended Consultative Procedures under the NGR should also be simplified. This procedure is similar to the Rules Consultation Procedures.
The AEMC is also interested in views on whether corresponding changes should also be made in the National Energy Retail Rules (NERR) to ensure consistency across the rules.
Rule change addendum
AEMO also provided a rule change addendum that proposes:
- consultation criteria to be used by a decision-maker to determine whether additional consultation steps are appropriate and the timing and form of those steps
- that the decision-maker must publish a consultation plan at the outset, and review, if necessary
- extending the scope of the rule change to the consultation processes used by the Reliability Panel.
The AEMC has released a consultation paper for this rule change and is interested in stakeholders’ views.
Submissions are due by 3 February 2022.