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June 09
Submissions received on the Electricity Retail Supply Code Positions Paper

​On 5 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 and sought submissions from interested stakeholders.

The Commission has received two submissions.

• Jacana Energy

• Power and Water Corporation

Any queries should be forwarded to the Commission at the following:

Charles Darwin Centre
19 The Mall Darwin
GPO Box 915, Darwin, NT 0801
Phone: (08) 8999 5480
Email: utilities.commission@nt.gov.au

Further information is available on the Electricity Retail Supply Code section of this website.

May 24
Consultation – Port of Darwin Final Draft Access Policy, Draft Decision and Draft Reporting Guidelines

In late 2015, the Northern Territory Government leased the Port of Darwin to a private port operator. As part of this lease arrangement, the Government introduced a regulatory regime that requires the private port operator to establish an access policy.

In 2016, consultation with stakeholders occurred on two versions of the draft access policy. The private port operator and the Commission have considered the submissions and now publish the Final Draft Access Policy and Draft Decision for final comment.

Additionally, each year the private port operator is required report to the Commission on its compliance with the access policy. To assist this process the Commission has released Draft Reporting Guidelines and seeks comment from stakeholders.

The Final Draft Access Policy and Draft Decision are available on the Ports Access Regulation webpage under Access Policy.

The Draft Reporting Guidelines are available on the Ports Access Regulation webpage under Access Reporting Guidelines.  

Submissions are due by 9 June 2017.

For further information, please contact the Utilities Commission by email utilities.commission@nt.gov.au or telephone (08) 8999 5480.

May 05
Proposed amendments to the Electricity Retail Supply Code Positions Paper

​The Utilities Commission has 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.

Next steps

Submissions are being sought on this Positions Paper from interested stakeholders. The Commission intends to release an amended draft code and statement of reasons on 9 June 2017 for comment. A final decision to amend the Code, including the issuing of a varied Code, will be made by 23 June 2017. Submissions or queries should be forwarded to the Commission at the following:

Charles Darwin Centre
19 The Mall Darwin
GPO Box 915, Darwin, NT 0801
Phone: (08) 8999 5480
Email: utilities.commission@nt.gov.au

All submissions should be sent by 5.00 pm Friday 26 May 2017 and clearly indicate any confidential information. A version suitable for publication with confidential information removed should be provided to the Commission. 

Further information is available on the Electricity Retail Supply Code section of this website.

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

March 15
Review of Power and Water Corporation’s Compliance with the 2014 Network Price Determination

​In February 2016, the Commission was made aware through discussions with Jacana Energy of a possible breach by Power and Water Corporation (PWC) of the 2014 Network Price Determination (NPD) in relation to standard network connections. PWC wrote to the Commission in March 2016 and advised that it had “breached the parameters of the 2014 NPD”.

The 2014 NPD is the Commission’s final determination made under clause 66 of the Network Access Code in relation to the maximum allowed revenue that PWC can recover from the provision of regulated network access services during the 2014-19 regulatory control period.

The NPD breach added to existing concerns of the Commission in relation to PWC’s compliance framework. As a result of the Commission’s concerns, the Commission appointed an external auditor in accordance with clause 11.4 of PWC’s network licence to review PWC’s compliance with its network licence and the breach of the 2014 NPD.

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) Australia was engaged for the purposes of assessing, in combination with other information obtained by the Commission, the current compliance processes at PWC. The Commission’s report provides the Commission’s conclusions in relation to PWC’s compliance with the 2014 NPD and PWC’s identification and reporting of compliance breaches.

Based on the findings from the PwC Australia report and previous audits undertaken by the Commission, the Commission considers that PWC has breached clause 11.1 of its networks licence. The Commission considers that PWC has also breached the Compliance Framework and Reporting Guidelines.  The Commission considers the breach needs to be addressed by PWC as a priority.

The Commission will continue to monitor PWC’s compliance through regular audit and review and will continue to work with PWC to ensure that it complies with its regulatory obligations. The Commission will consider exercising its enforcement powers if the actions and behaviour of PWC towards regulatory compliance are not addressed within a reasonable period.

Review of PWC Compliance with 2014 NPD (docx, 929 kb)

Review of PWC Compliance with 2014 NPD (pdf, 357 kb)

Appendix A – PWC Specified Procedures Undertaken (pdf, 732 kb)

Any questions regarding this report should be directed to the Utilities Commission:

Email: utilities.commission@nt.gov.au

Telephone: +61 8 8999 5480

Mail: Utilities Commission
GPO Box 915
DARWIN NT 0801

 

March 03
Request for Submissions on Guaranteed Service Level Code and Electricity Standards of Service Code

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 seeks 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.

Documents

  Request for Submissions (docx, 2 Mb)

 NT Guaranteed Service Levels Code (pdf, 99 kb)

NT Electricity Standards of Service Code (pdf, 532 kb) 

February 14
Annual Compliance Report 2015-16

​The Commission’s Compliance Framework and Reporting Guidelines include, among other things, a requirement for annual compliance reporting, and an annual declaration from the Board of Directors in the form of a Compliance Report to be submitted to the Commission by 31 August each year in relation to compliance during the immediately preceding financial year. 

For the 2015-16 reporting year, licensees were required to submit a Compliance Report by 31 August 2016. 
This report provides a summary of the Compliance Reports received from licensees in 2016. 

Queries should be directed to the Utilities Commission at utilities.commission@nt.gov.au or +61 8999 5480.

January 03
New Retail Electricity Pricing Order (effective 1 January 2017)

​The retail electricity tariffs and charges are regulated by the Territory Government, via an Electricity Pricing Order issued by the Regulatory Minister. This pricing order applies to contestable customers using less than 750 MWh per annum. 

Electricity Pricing Order (prescribed class of contestable customers using less than 750 MWh of electricity each year) - 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2017

January 03
New Retail Water and Sewerage Pricing Order (effective 1 January 2017)

​Water and sewerage tariffs and charges are regulated by the Territory Government via a Water and Sewerage Pricing Order issued by the Regulatory Minister.

Water and Sewerage Pricing Order - 1 January 2017 to 30 June 2017

November 28
Opening Hours Christmas and New Year Period

The Commission Office will close for the Christmas and New Year period from Monday 26 December 2016 and re-open on Tuesday 3 January 2017.

For any urgent matters, please leave a message on the Commission’s voicemail service on +61 8 8999 5480 or email utilities.commission@nt.gov.au

November 14
2015-16 Utilities Commission Annual Report

​The 2015-16 Utilities Commission Annual Report is now available to download.

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