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December 12
Consultation: Application to Transfer a Generation Licence – Katherine Solar Pty Ltd to Eni Australia Limited

​The Commission has received an application from Katherine Solar Pty Ltd to transfer its generation licence to Eni Australia Limited in accordance with section 33 of the Electricity Reform Act.

Standard Generation Licence Transfer Application – Katherine Solar Pty Ltd to Eni Australia Limited

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission is seeking stakeholder and system participant comments, specifically around the suitability of Eni Australia Limited to hold a generation licence.

Submissions are due by COB Friday 4 January 2019.

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

December 04
2019-2022 Prescribed Port Services Draft Price Determination for the Port of Darwin released for public consultation

In 2016, the Commission made a determination relating to the charges fixed by the private port operator for providing prescribed services at the Port of Darwin.  The determination will expire on 15 February 2019 and the Commission intends on replacing it with a new determination - the 2019-2022 Prescribed Port Services Draft Price Determination for the Port of Darwin​. The Commission invites submissions on the draft determination from all stakeholders involved in the ports industry by Wednesday, 9 January 2019.  Submissions on the draft determination will inform the final price determination, which will be released by the Commission by 16 February 2019.

In the interests of transparency and to promote informed discussion, the Commission will generally make submissions publicly available. Persons wishing to submit confidential information should:

· clearly identify the relevant sections of the submission that are confidential

· provide a copy of the submission suitable for publication with any confidential material removed.

Confidential information is defined in section 26 of the Utilities Commission Act as information that could affect the competitive position of a licensed entity or other person or is commercially sensitive for some other reason. To facilitate publication, submissions should be provided electronically by email to utilities.commission@nt.gov.au​ in Abode Acrobat or Microsoft Word format. 

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

November 29
Electricity Industry Performance Code Direction Issued

The Utilities Commission has become aware that the Electricity Industry Performance (EIP) Code, and previously the Electricity Standards of Service Code, contains a number of anomalies. The known anomalies are isolated to Schedule 2 (Generation Services Performance Indicators) and Schedule 7 (Definitions and Interpretation).

Section 1.6 of the EIP Code provides that the Commission may issue a direction to an electricity entity regarding any matter related to the EIP Code. Furthermore, an electricity entity must comply with any direction (notified in writing) by the Commission to the electricity entity from time to time.

Accordingly, the Commission directs that any annual reporting against the EIP code is done in accordance with the direction below until a variation to the code is made or advised otherwise by the Commission.

Electricity Industry Performance Code Direction
Attachment A – Schedule 2 Generation Services Performance Indicators
Attachment B – Schedule 7 Definitions and Interpretation

November 29
Annual Compliance Report 2017-18

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 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 2017-18 reporting year, licensees were required to submit a Compliance Report by 31 August 2018. This report​ provides a summary of the Compliance Reports received from licensees.

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

November 21
2018 System Control Charges Review – Issues Paper

The Power and Water Corporation (PWC) holds a System Control Licence, granted by the Utilities Commission (the Commission) in accordance with Part 3 of the Electricity Reform Act (the Act).

Section 39 of the Act provides that a system controller is entitled to impose and recover charges relating to the operations of system control (1), with the charges to be applied to be approved by the Commission (2).

PWC has made a submission to the Commission (Review of System Control Charges and Associated Funding Issues) under section 39(1) of the Act proposing an increase to the system control charge, from the current $0.001 per kWh to $0.0057 per kWh, from 1 July 2019, and an annual review of the charge. 

As part of the Commission’s review of PWC’s system control charge proposal, it has drafted an Issues Paper, which identifies topics that should be considered and seeks feedback from stakeholders. All interested parties are invited to make submissions on the Issues Paper by 11 January 2019.

November 01
New Electricity Generation Licensee - Katherine Solar Pty Ltd

The Commission received an application from Katherine Solar Pty Ltd (Katherine Solar) for a licence to generate electricity. The Commission sought comments on the licence application from market participants and stakeholders and two submissions were received and considered by the Commission.

On 1 November 2018, the Commission issued a generation licence to Katherine Solar to own and operate a 25MW solar photovoltaic power generation facility on the Darwin-Katherine electricity network.

In approving the generation licence, the Commission advised that possession of a licence does not guarantee dispatch, and that System Control will constrain output if necessary to maintain system security and service quality.

All licensees are required to comply with the requirements of regulatory instruments, (such as the Network Technical Code and the System Control Technical Code), including any new requirements, such as the proposed Generator Performance Standards, that may come into force when instruments are amended, from time to time.

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

October 25
2017-18 Utilities Commission Annual Report

​​​The 2017-18 Utilities Commission Annual Report is now available to download.

October 16
New Electricity Generation Licensee

The Commission received an application from Batchelor Solar Farm Pty Ltd (Batchelor Solar Farm) for a licence to generate electricity. The Commission sought comments on the licence application from market participants and stakeholders and two submissions were received and considered by the Commission.

On 1 October 2018, the Commission issued a generation licence to Batchelor Solar Farm to own and operate a 10MW solar photovoltaic power generation facility on the Darwin-Katherine electricity network.

In approving the generation licence, the Commission advised that possession of a licence does not guarantee dispatch, and that System Control will constrain output if necessary to maintain system security and service quality.

All licensees are required to comply with the requirements of regulatory instruments, (such as the Network Technical Code and the System Control Technical Code), including any new requirements, such as the proposed Generator Performance Standards, that may come into force when instruments are amended, from time to time.

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

 
 
October 03
Surrender of a retail licence: ERM Power Retail Pty Ltd

The Commission received written notice on 8 August 2018 of ERM Power Retail Pty Ltd intent to surrender their retail licence. The Commission accepted the surrender of the licence effective the 31 August 2018.

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

September 25
Consultation: Submission Received for Application for Licence Exemption – Origin Energy Retail No.2 Pty Ltd

The Commission received an application from Origin Energy Retail No.2 Pty Ltd for an exemption from licensing for the generation and selling of electricity in accordance with Section 87 of the Electricity Reform Act.

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence exemption application from market participants and stakeholders. One submission was received. 

Power and Water System Control submission – licence exemption application from Origin Energy Retail No.2 Pty Ltd

Power and Water System Control submission Attachment A – draft Generation Performance Standards (v8.0)

Power and Water System Control submission Attachment B – draft C-FCAS Fast, Slow and Delayed Raise/Lower Services

As part of System Control’s submission, System Control has provided the latest draft ‘Generator Performance Standards’ (GPS) to provide Origin Energy Retail No.2 Pty Ltd and other stakeholders a more substantial view of the type of technical requirements proposed for inclusion in the GPS. Industry consultation on the draft GPS is expected to occur.

For further information go to Consultation on licence applications.

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

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