Proposed Code: request for submissions on Guaranteed Service Level and Electricity Standards of Service Codes

​The Utilities Commission has released a proposed code, updating the Guaranteed Service level and Electricity Standards of Service Codes.  The new Code merges the two Codes together, as there are a number of shared concepts and definitions. The proposed name of the consolidated code is the Electricity Industry Performance Code (Standards of Service and Guaranteed Service Levels).

Submissions are due by 16 August 2017.

The Electricity Standards of Service Code (ESS Code) and Guaranteed Service level (GSL Code) have been in existence for over 5 years.  The ESS Code establishes reporting requirements for electricity licence holders, including network entities, retailers and generators.  Additionally, it establishes the process that network entities must follow when setting targets for service standards.  The GSL Code establishes the guaranteed service level scheme, which sets minimum standards of customer service that network entities (network licence holders) have to achieve.  If a network entity breaches this minimum level of service then the network entity has to make payments to customers.

The Utilities Commission of the Northern Territory (Commission) is reviewing the ESS Code and the GSL Code as it is obliged to ensure codes are relevant and effective. Clause 5 of the GSL Code specifically requires the performance indicators, GSLs and GSL payment amounts specified in clause 2.1.4 of that Code to be reviewed prior to the beginning of each regulatory control period applicable to the networks business of PWC. PWC Network’s regulatory proposal concerning revenue requirements for the five-year regulatory control period beginning July 2019 is due to be submitted to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) by February 2018. The Commission is seeking to complete this review of the ESS and GSL Codes by mid-2017 to assist with PWC’s preparation of its submission to the AER. Amended Codes are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2017.

In early 2017 the Commission released a Request for Submissions outlining the issues and inviting stakeholders to provide comment and proposals on the Codes by 24 March 2017.

Submissions received through this consultation process are outlined below:

The Commission is focused on updating the performance measures and reporting requirements to be consistent with national requirements and to reduce administrative obligations on licence holders to a minimum. 

Next steps

Submissions are being sought on the proposed code from interested stakeholders. Following consultation, Commission staff will revise the Code and seek final approval from the Commission. Once approved, the Code will be implemented and published. Submissions or queries should be forwarded to the Commission at the following:

Email
utilities.commission@nt.gov.au

Address
Charles Darwin Centre
19 The Mall Darwin
GPO Box 915, Darwin, NT 0801

Phone
(08) 8999 5480

All submissions should be sent by 5.00 pm (CST) Wednesday 16 August 2017 and clearly indicate any confidential information. A version suitable for publication with confidential information removed should be provided to the Commission. 

Request for Submissions on Guaranteed Service Level Code and Electricity Standards of Service Code (Closed)

The Utilities Commission of the Northern Territory (Commission) is reviewing the Electricity Standards of Service (ESS) Code (Appendix A) and the Guaranteed Service Level (GSL) Code (Appendix B) as it is obliged to ensure codes are relevant and effective. Since the codes were implemented in 2012, there have been a number of market changes, including:

  • the structural separation of Power and Water Corporation (PWC);
  • the entry of new market participants;
  • the introduction of the interim wholesale electricity market; and
  • the adoption by the Northern Territory of certain aspects of the national electricity laws and rules.

Clause 5 of the GSL Code specifically requires the performance indicators, GSLs and GSL payment amounts specified in clause 2.1.4 of that Code to be reviewed prior to the beginning of each regulatory control period applicable to the networks business of PWC. 

PWC Network’s regulatory proposal concerning revenue requirements for the five‑year regulatory control period beginning July 2019 is due to be submitted to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) by February 2018. The Commission is seeking to complete this review of the ESS and GSL Codes by mid-2017 to assist with PWC’s preparation of its submission to the AER.

Amended Codes are expected to commence in the third quarter of 2017.

Submissions

The Commission sought submissions on the ESS Code and the GSL Code by 24 March 2017.

Submissions received will be made available on our website www.utilicom.nt.gov.au. To facilitate publication, submissions should be provided in Adobe Acrobat or Microsoft Word format.

The Commission will also be seeking early feedback from stakeholders and interested parties. If you would like to meet with the Commission please contact us.

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

Confidentiality

The Commission will make submissions publicly available, with the exclusion of confidential information that is commercially sensitive or that could affect the competitive position of a licensed entity or other person.

Submissions must clearly identify the confidential information. In addition, a version suitable for publication with the confidential information removed should be provided to the Commission.

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