Rule Change: Open
On 10 October 2019, the AEMC published the self-initiated Minor changes 2019 rule change proposal.
The rule change proposal is being initiated by the AEMC to correct minor errors and make non-material changes to the National Electricity Rules (NER), National Gas Rules (NGR) and National Energy Retail Rules (NERR) to improve their quality. As with previous AEMC initiated rules, these minor corrections and non-material changes will make the rules clearer to stakeholders.
For the proposed changes to the NERR this includes amending the model terms and conditions for standard retail contracts (and requiring retailers to update their standard retail contracts accordingly) to align with a retailer’s existing obligation that if a small customer requests, in reviewing an energy bill, that the meter be tested or meter reading checked, the test or check (as relevant) must be undertaken and the retailer may only recover the cost from the customer if the check or test shows that the meter or metering data was not faulty or incorrect.
Submissions to the rule change proposal are due by 7 November 2019.
The Commission intends to undertake an expedited process for this rule change request as it is considered non-controversial. Under an expedited rule making process, a final rule determination must be made within eight weeks of the initiation of the process under the uniform energy rules, and for changes to the NGR that apply to Western Australia within six weeks of the start of the rule change process. The AEMC may assess the proposed rule under the expedited rule making process if it does not receive a written request and substantive reasons not to do so from any person by 24 October 2019.View less