Proposed Electricity Retail Supply Code and Statement of Reasons – June 2019

In April 2016, the Power and Water Corporation (PWC) made an application for amendments to the Code. PWC stated the request was in light of substantial reform to the Northern Territory electricity sector, including the introduction of a wholesale market, structural separation of PWC and the entrance of new retailers.

In July 2016, the Commission published a consultation paper in response to PWC’s application for amendments to the Code, seeking submissions from interested stakeholders. It received submissions from PWC, Rimfire Energy and Jacana Energy.

Following consideration of submissions, the Commission released a Positions Paper in May 2017 on proposed amendments to the Code. The Commission again undertook extensive consultation with interested stakeholders. Written submissions were received from PWC and Jacana Energy.

Subsequently, on 23 April 2018 the Commission published a proposed amended Code and Statement of Reasons, inviting submissions from interested parties by 1 June 2018. Submissions were received from the following stakeholders:

  • Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF)
  • EDL NGD (NT) Pty Ltd
  • Jacana Energy
  • PWC
  • QEnergy Limited (QEnergy)

The Commission has considered the most recent and previous submissions from stakeholders in drafting this Statement of Reasons document and associated draft amended Code. To assist stakeholders, a comparison of the proposed draft amended Code to the previous version released for consultation in April 2018 is attached along with a comparison of the proposed draft amended Code to the current Code.

The Commission notes that it is likely that stakeholders may wish to propose further amendments to the Code in light of progress in the Territory Government’s electricity reform program over the last 12 months.

However, given the need to finalise amendments to the Code, including to provide for Life Support Equipment obligations as requested by the Treasurer, the Commission will prioritise consideration of submissions on the clauses for Life Support Equipment, and other amendments proposed in this consultation paper, and will consider submissions for any further amendments at a later date.

All interested parties are invited to make submissions on the proposed amendments by close of business on Friday, 2 August 2019.

This is the final round of consultation and it is intended that a final amended Code commence on 30 September 2019, incorporating any further amendments in response to consultation feedback.

In the interest of transparency, the Commission will make submissions publically available with the exception of any confidential information, which includes:

  • information that could affect the competitive position of an entity or other person; or
  • information that is commercially sensitive for some other reason.

Submissions must clearly specify the document (or part of it) that contains confidential information. A version of the submission suitable for publication (that is, with any confidential information removed) should also be submitted.

To facilitate publication, submissions should be provided electronically by email to utilities.commission@nt.gov.au in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word format.

Any questions regarding the proposed amendments to the Code should be directed to the Utilities Commission by telephone (08) 8999 5480 or email utilities.commission@nt.gov.au   

2018 Review of the Electricity Retail Supply Code

The Commission received an application in April 2016 from Power and Water Corporation (PWC) to amend parts of the Electricity Retail Supply Code (the Code). The Commission has since undertaken an initial round of public consultation seeking stakeholder feedback on the application. The Commission received submissions from PWC, Jacana Energy, Territory Generation (T-Gen) and the Treasurer.

A draft Code and Statement of Reasons containing the Commission’s proposed amendments has been prepared for the consideration of stakeholders. A final round of public consultation is to be undertaken before publication of the final Code.

The following sections of the Code have had significant amendments made:

  • Section 3: Credit Support Requirements
  • Section 5: Metrology
  • Section 6: Market Data
  • Section 8: Customer Transfers
  • Section 10: Life Support Equipment

All interested parties are invited to make submissions on the proposed amendments by close of business on Friday, 1 June 2018.

In the interest of transparency, the Commission will make submissions publically available with the exception of any confidential information, which includes:

  • information that could affect the competitive position of an entity or other person
  • or information that is commercially sensitive for some other reason.

Submissions must clearly specify the document (or part of it) that contains confidential information. A version of the submission suitable for publication (that is, with any confidential information removed) should also be submitted.

To facilitate publication, submissions should be provided electronically by email to utilities.commission@nt.gov.au in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word format.

Any questions regarding the proposed amendments to the Code should be directed to the Utilities Commission by telephone (08) 8999 5480 or email utilities.commission@nt.gov.au

Proposed amendments to the Electricity Retail Supply Code Positions Paper - Closed

In May 2017, the Utilities Commission released its Positions Paper on proposed amendments to the Electricity Retail Supply Code, made by Power and Water Corporation in May 2016.

In July 2016, the Commission released a Consultation Paper and received several submissions from interested stakeholders.

Steps taken

Submissions were sought on this Positions Paper from interested stakeholders.

In April 2018, the Commission released an amended draft code and statement of reasons for comment. A final decision to amend the Code, including the issuing of a varied Code, will be made by August 2018.

Amendments to the Electricity Retail Supply Code: Positions Paper May 2017

Submissions on the Commission’s Positions Paper (May 2017)

2016 Application for amendments to the Retail Supply Code by Power and Water Corporation

On 6 April 2016, the Power and Water Corporation made an application for amendments to the Retail Supply Code in light of substantial reform to the NT electricity sector, including the introduction of a wholesale market, structural separation of Power and Water Corporation and the entrance of new retailers. Power and Water Corporation provided a public version of its application for amendments on 12 May 2016.

Under Section 24 of the Utilities Commission Act, the Commission can make, vary or revoke a Code or rules if authorised to do so by the relevant industry regulation Act or by regulations under this Act.

In considering an amendment to the Code, the Commission notes that several issues are contingent on other developments in the wholesale market and the Government’s electricity reform program. The Commission also anticipates substantive amendments to the Code in light of changes to the Northern Territory’s electricity sector since the Code was last substantially reviewed in 2012.

Submissions on the Commission’s Consultation Paper (July 2016)