Rule Change: Open
On 20 May 2019 the Commission received a rule change request from the Chair of the Competitive Industry Metering Group, a sub-branch of Master Electricians Australia, that seeks to amend the National Electricity Rules (NER) and the National Energy Retail Rules (NERR). The request proposes to allow metering coordinators to interrupt customers’ electricity supplies to install or repair an electricity meter.
If a customer lives in an apartment block with shared electricity connections, the supply of all customers that share the connection may need to be interrupted for metering work. In these circumstances, only distribution network businesses can disrupt supply to multiple customers.
The rule change request aims to reduce delays in installing new meters or undertaking maintenance by giving metering coordinators the ability to interrupt supply to customers, as long as they have obtained consent from the affected customers or given four business days’ notice. The metering coordinators would need to meet the same obligations relating to planned interruption notifications as distribution businesses and retailers when carrying out their work, or face penalties.
On 27 August 2019, the Commission published a consultation paper that seeks stakeholder input on the rule change request.
Submissions closed on 10 October 2019.
The AEMC hosted a workshop in Sydney on 19 September 2019 for stakeholders to discuss the proposal to introduce metering coordinator planned interruptions. Follow this link to listen to the webcast recording. Slides from the workshop are available for download below.View less