Rule Change: Open
On 17 September 2020, the AEMC initiated two rule change requests from the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) and Dr Kerry Schott AO aiming to simplify some defined terms in the National Electricity Rules (NER).
Two rule changes have been consolidated under a Simplification of NER Definitions rule change process. The Commission intends to expedite this process, due to the non-controversial changes proposed.
Rule change request from AEMO
The AEMC received a request by AEMO on 3 July 2020. It proposed amendments to particular definitions of the National Electricity Rules.
Definitions that could be amended, consolidated, or otherwise removed with little material impact were proposed.
Rule change request from Dr Kerry Schott AO
Dr Kerry Schott AO of the Energy Security Board submitted a request on 14 August 2020. It proposed replacement of particular Rules definitions with a reference to the definition in the Law.
Definitions that were inconsistent with the superior National Energy Law term were proposed.
On 17 September 2020, the AEMC published a consultation paper consolidating these two rules under one process. This paper is seeking feedback on whether the proposed changes of each request are viewed as being non-controversial.
As well, stakeholders are encouraged to express whether these particular changes improve administrative and regulatory burden, as well as improve the clarity, transparency, and certainty of the rules.
Submissions to this rule change process are due 15 October 2020.
The expedited rule change process
The Commission intends to undertake an expedited process for these rule change request as it they meet the tests to be considered non-controversial.
The Commission may assess the rule change requests under the expedited rule making process unless we receive a valid request not to do so by 1 October 2020.