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August 22
Consultation: Submissions Received for the Proposed Electricity Retail Supply Code and Statement of Reasons – June 2019

​The Commission has received four submissions in response to the proposed Northern Territory Electricity Retail Supply Code (the Code) and Statement of Reasons, which were released for a final consultation round in June 2019:

Department of Treasury and Finance Submission

Jacana Energy Submission

Power and Water Corporation Submission

Territory Generation Submission

The Commission is considering the feedback submitted and expects to issue a final amended Code during September 2019.

For more information about the current review of the Electricity Retail Supply Code, go to http://www.utilicom.nt.gov.au/Electricity/conduct/Pages/Electricity-Retail-Supply-Code-Current-Reviews.aspx

August 15
Consultation: Submissions Received for Generation Licence Application – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd

​The Commission received an application from Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd as required by section 14 of the Electricity Reform Act 2000 (ER Act), for a licence to generate electricity in accordance with section 21 of the Act. 


Generation Licence Application – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd


In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence application from market participants and stakeholders. Submissions were due Friday 2 August 2019. The Commission received two submissions, including a confidential submission from Power and Water Corporation.


Territory Generation Submission – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd Generation Licence Application


The Commission is currently considering the submissions, with a decision on the application to be made in due course.


Any comments or queries should be directed to Utilities Commission Office at utilities.commission@nt.gov.au or 08 8999 5480.

August 15
Consultation: Submissions Received for Licence Variation Application – Eni Australia Limited

​The Commission received an application from Eni Australia Limited to vary its generation licence to include two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power stations, located at Batchelor and Manton, in accordance with section 32 of the Electricity Reform Act 2000.


 Generation Licence Variation Application – Eni Australia Limited

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence variation application from market participants and stakeholders. Submissions were due Tuesday 13 August 2019. The Commission received two submissions:


 EDL Submission – Eni Australia Limited Licence Variation Application
 Territory Generation Submission – Eni Australia Limited Licence Variation Application

The Commission is currently considering the submissions, with a decision on the application to be made in due course.

Any comments or queries should be directed to Utilities Commission Office at utilities.commission@nt.gov.au or 08 8999 5480.

August 13
Consultation: Application for Retail Licence – Power Generation Corporation (trading as Territory Generation)

The Commission has received an application from Power Generation Corporation (trading as Territory Generation) as required by section 14 of the Electricity Reform Act 2000 (ER Act), for a licence to sell electricity in accordance with section 23 of the ER Act.

Territory Generation is seeking to sell electricity solely to the Department of Defence (DoD) for use at the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, located in Alice Springs.

The Minister for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services authorised Territory Generation to supply electricity to the DoD during the retail restriction period, subject to the condition that the electricity is used only for the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap. This authorisation was gazetted on 16 January 2019, Gazette notice no. G3.

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission seeks comments on the licence application from system participants and stakeholders. Any comments should be provided by Friday, 30 August 2019.  

Any comments or queries should be directed to the Utilities Commission at utilities.commission@nt.gov.au or 08 8999 5480.​

July 29
Consultation: Generation Licence Variation Application – Eni Australia Limited

The Commission has received an application from Eni Australia Limited to vary its generation licence to include two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power stations, located at Batchelor and Manton, in accordance with section 32 of the Electricity Reform Act.

Generation Licence Variation Application – Eni Australia Limited​

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission is seeking stakeholder and system participant comments on the application.​

Submissions are due by COB Tuesday 13 August 2019.

Any comments or queries should be directed to Utilities Commission Office at utilities.commission@nt.gov.au or 08 8999 5480.

July 02
Consultation: Application for Generation Licence – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd

The Commission has received an application from Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd as required by section 14 of the Electricity Reform Act 2000 (ER Act), for a licence to generate electricity in accordance with section 21 of the Act.

Generation Licence Application – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd

Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd is seeking to construct, own and operate a 10.874 MW and 3.62 MW solar photovoltaic generation facilities on the Darwin-Katherine electricity network to sell electricity primarily to the Department of Defence, with any surplus sold to other electricity entities holding a retail or generation licence.

In deciding whether or not to issue a generation licence, section 16(2)(b) of the ER Act requires the Commission to consider whether the proposed generating plant will have the necessary characteristics to generate electricity of the appropriate quality. Section 16(3) also requires the Commission to consider whether Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd is suitable to hold a licence with regard to:

· the applicant's previous commercial and other dealings and the standard of honesty and integrity shown in those dealings

· the financial, technical and human resources available to the applicant

· the officers and, if applicable, major shareholders of the applicant and their previous commercial and other dealings and the standard of honesty and integrity shown in those dealings (including breaches of statutory and other legal obligations)

· other matters prescribed by the Electricity Reform Regulations.

In considering an application, the Commission will also have regard to the factors specified in section 6(2) of the Utilities Commission Act 2000.

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission seeks comments on the licence application from system participants and stakeholders. Any comments should be provided by Friday, 2 August 2019.  

Any comments or queries should be directed to the Utilities Commission  at utilities.commission@nt.gov.au or 08 8999 5480.

July 02
Changes to Tariffs for Standard Charges for Prescribed Services for the Port of Darwin

​On 1 July 2019, Darwin Port Operations Pty Ltd (DPO) increased all but one of its charges by 2 per cent. The exception being port induction fees which decreased by $25 over two years due to now being biennial instead of annual.

In accordance with its price determination, the Commission uses the National Consumer Price Index (CPI) to monitor and report on pricing for prescribed services at the Port of Darwin. The 2 per cent increase to DPO’s port charges is marginally higher than the National (CPI) rise for the 12 months to the March quarter 2019, which was 1.8 per cent.

DPO’s updated Tariff Schedule effective 1 July 2019 is available on DPO’s website.

For more information on price regulation for the Port of Darwin, see Port Price Regulation.

July 01
New Pricing Orders for Retail Electricity Tariffs and Water and Sewerage Tariffs

Retail electricity tariffs and water and sewerage tariffs are regulated by the Territory Government via pricing orders issued by the Regulatory Minister (the Treasurer).

On 26 June 2019, the Treasurer issued the new Electricity Pricing Order and the new Water Supply and Sewerage Services Pricing Order, both taking effect from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2020.

For further information on electricity pricing, see Electricity Pricing or for water supply and sewerage service pricing see Water and Sewerage Pricing.

June 21
Proposed Electricity Retail Supply Code and Statement of Reasons – June 2019

The Commission has released a draft of the proposed Northern Territory Electricity Retail Supply Code (the draft Code) and Statement of Reasons for a final round of consultation. The Statement of Reasons sets out the Commission’s proposed amendments to the Code, following consideration of submissions to its April 2018 Statement of Reasons, and invites final submissions on the proposed amendments by Friday, 2 August 2019.

The Commission intends for the amended Code to commence on 30 September 2019, incorporating any further amendments in response to consultation feedback.

For more information about the current review of the Electricity Retail Supply Code, go to Electricity Retail Supply Code - Current Reviews on this website.    

Proposed Electricity Retail Supply Code – June 2019

Comparison of the Draft Amended Code to the current Code

Comparison of the Draft Amended Code to the April 2018 version

Electricity Retail Supply Code - Statement of Reasons 2019

 

June 21
2017-18 Northern Territory Power System Performance Review

The Utilities Commission has published its inaugural Northern Territory Power System Performance Review (NTPSPR).

The NTPSPR focuses on the 201718 generation and network performance of the regulated power systems. Prior to 2017-18, this information was contained within the Power System Review.
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