Rule Change: Open
On 15 October 2020, the Australian Energy Market Commission initiated the Semi scheduled generator dispatch obligations rule change through a fast-tracked process.
The Commission will publish a draft determination for consultation on 19 November 2020.
This follows the receipt, on 24 September 2020, of a rule change request from the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to amend the National Electricity Rules to prevent semi-scheduled generators from adjusting their anticipated level of output without informing the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) of that intention and waiting to receive a revised dispatch target.
The AER’s rule change request forms part of the Energy Security Board’s interim security measures and arises out of a request from the former Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council.
The rule change request is being fast-tracked as the AER consulted with the public on the nature and content of the rule change request before submitting it to the Commission, and the Commission is satisfied that their consultation was adequate, having regard to the nature and content of their request and the kind of consultation conducted.
Information on the public consultation undertaken by the AER can be found at: https://www.aer.gov.au/publications/reviews/semi-scheduled-generators-proposed-rule-changes
Under the fast track process, the next step is for the Commission to publish a draft determination, will be open to stakeholder feedback.
While the fast track rule change process does not include a formal round of public consultation prior to publication of a draft determination, interested parties are invited to contact the AEMC project team prior to 5 November 2020 to provide feedback on the AER’s rule change request.