Rule Change: Open

Overview

On 19 March 2020 the Commission extended the period of time to make a final determination until 21 May 2020. The Commission considered that this extension was necessary due to the complexity of issues arising from stakeholder submissions, which required further analysis.
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Extension of time on final determination

On 19 March 2020 the Commission extended the period of time to make a final determination until 21 May 2020. The Commission considered that this extension was necessary due to the complexity of issues arising from stakeholder submissions, which required further analysis.

Stakeholder workshop

The Commission will hold a stakeholder workshop to consult with stakeholders on stakholders’ suggested changes to the draft rule as well as the alternative solution. The workshop will be held virtually through a videoconferencing facility.  

Details of the workshop:

  • Date and time: 20 April, 1pm – 4pm
  • Location: Videoconference – details to be provided closer to the date
  • Pre-reading/staff paper: This will be provided in the week prior to the workshop
  • Format: Some stakeholders will be requested to present their perspectives at the workshop.  Further details will be provided closer to the workshop date
  • Registration: Please register your interest in attending the workshop by emailing Meghan Dalton: Meghan.dalton@aemc.gov.au
  • Summary of workshop discussion: we will aim to put a summary of workshop discussion on our project webpage as soon as possible after the workshop

Written feedback

Stakeholders are also welcomed to provide written feedback.  Stakeholders who wish to do so are requested to provide their feedback in a form that can be published on our website (i.e not an email).  Stakeholders are also requested to focus their feedback on the issues raised by stakeholders in submissions to the draft determination.  It is requested that written feedback be sent to Alisa Toomey (alisa.toomey@aemc.gov.au) by no later than COB Friday 24 April.

Engagement of consultant to provide independent advice

The Commission is in the process of engaging a consultant to assist in considering the alternative solution – arrangements are being finalised.  Stakeholders may be contacted by the consultant to seek their views on the alternative solution.

Background

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 Rule (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, a distribution planned interruption will usually be required.

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.

The Commission held a workshop on 19 September 2019 for all interested stakeholders to discuss the issues raised in the consultation paper.

On 19 December 2019, the AEMC released a draft determination for a more preferable rule for consultation. A more preferable draft rule was proposed due to concerns that the rule proposed by CMIG would introduce consumer protection risks, as there is no direct relationship between the metering coordinator and the consumers who would be affected if metering coordinators are allowed to carry out planned interruption.

The Commission received 25 submissions on the draft determination. These submissions and a summary of the key issues raised by stakeholders can be found below.

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Documentation

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