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May 27
Consultation: Submission Received for Generation Licence – Infigen Energy NT Solar Pty Ltd

​The Commission received an application from Infigen Energy NT Solar Pty Ltd (infigen) for a licence to generate electricity in accordance with Section 21 of the Electricity Reform Act.

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence applications from market participants and stakeholders. Two submissions have been received. 

Territory Generation submission – generation licence application from Infigen

Power and Water System Control submission – generation licence application from Infigen 

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

As part of System Control’s submission, System Control has provided a further draft ‘Generator Performance Standards’ (GPS) to provide Infigen 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 in mid-2018.

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.

May 27
Consultation: Application for Generation Licence – Batchelor Solar Farm Pty Ltd

​The Commission has received an application from Batchelor Solar Farm Pty Ltd as required by Section 14 of the Electricity Reform Act (the Act), for a licence to generate electricity in accordance with Section 21 of the Act.

Standard generation Licence Application – Batchelor Solar Farm Pty Ltd

Batchelor Solar Farm Pty Ltd is seeking to construct, own and operate a 10 MW solar photovoltaic power generation facility on the Darwin-Katherine electricity network to sell the electricity to other electricity entities holding a retail or generation licence.

In deciding whether or not to issue a standard generation licence, Section 16(2)(b) of the 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 Batchelor Solar farm Pty Ltd is suitable to hold a licence with regard to:

(a) the applicant's previous commercial and other dealings and the standard of honesty and integrity shown in those dealings;

(b) the financial, technical and human resources available to the applicant;

(c) 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); and

(d) other matters prescribed by the Regulations.

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

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission seeks comments on the licence application from market participants and stakeholders. Any comments should be provided by Friday 6 July 2018.  

Any comments or queries should be directed to Utilities Commission Office at utilities.commission@nt.gov.au or 08 8999 5480.
May 03
Publication of the 2016-17 Annual Report to the Minister on Material Non-compliance with the Access Policy and Determinations

​The Utilities Commission is the economic regulator of the port access and pricing regime for the Port of Darwin. Each year the Commission must report to the Minister about:

(a) any reports received from the private port operator on material instances of non-compliance with the private port operator’s access policy and

(b) any instances of non-compliance with a determination made by the Commission.

Since the commencement of the ports access and pricing regime in late 2015, the Commission has made two annual reports to the Minister.

2016-17 Annual Report to the Minister on Material Instances of Non-compliance

2015-16 Annual Report to the Minister on Material Instances of Non-compliance

The reports have been tabled in Parliament as required by the Ports Management Act.

The findings from the 2016-17 Annual Report to the Minister were that the private port operator reported to the Commission by the due date. The private port operator reported no material instances of non-compliance for 2016-17. The private port operator met its obligations under section 130 of the Ports Management Act. The Commission is not aware of any instances of non-compliance with the price determination.  

May 02
2 May 2018 Port of Darwin Reporting Guidelines issued

The Utilities Commission is required to issue Reporting Guidelines in accordance with section 128 of the Ports Management Act and regulation 14 of the Ports Management Regulations. The Guidelines set out the requirements of annual reports to the Commission by the private port operator regarding material instances of non-compliance with its access policy.

In 2017, the Commission published draft Reporting Guidelines, seeking feedback from stakeholders. The Commission received two submissions, which it considered. On 28 March 2018, the Commission issued final Reporting Guidelines which were published in the Northern Territory Government Gazette and commenced on 2 May 2018. The Commission has also released a Statement of Reasons.

For further information on the Reporting Guidelines see Access Reporting Guidelines.

April 23
Electricity Retail Supply Code - call for submissions on proposed 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.

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

Further information is available at Electricity Retail Supply Code - Current Reviews.

April 03
New Associate Commissioners appointed

​The Commission would like to welcome two new Associate Commissioners.

From Friday 6 April 2018, Lyndon Rowe and Richard Owens join Dr Pat Walsh.

Lyndon Rowe is currently a Director of Perth Airport Pty Ltd and associated companies. From 2014-2017, he was the full-time Chair of the Electricity Generation and Retail Corporation of WA (trading as Synergy). For the previous ten years Lyndon was the inaugural Executive Chair of the Economic Regulation Authority of WA. Lyndon is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and has an economics degree from the University of Adelaide.

Richard Owens also works part-time as Executive General Manager, Networks at the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC). He was a member of the taskforce for the Finkel review into the future security of the national electricity market, and previously worked as a lawyer in major law firms and government specialising in utility regulation and competition and consumer law. He has a Bachelor of Laws (Hons) and a Master of Laws and is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley Executive Leadership Program. Mr Owens is a fellow of the Australian Institute of Energy, a graduate member of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and a member of the Institute of Managers and Leaders.

March 22
New Generation and Retail licences approved

The Commission has decided to grant the following licences:

A generation licence to be issued to Katherine Solar Pty Ltd for a 25 megawatt solar photovoltaic (PV) plant near Katherine, in accordance with Part 3 of the Electricity Reform Act.

A generation licence to be issued to Airport Development Group Pty Ltd (ADG) for its current solar PV arrays at the Darwin and Alice Springs airports, in accordance with Part 3 of the Electricity Reform Act subject to the following conditions being satisfied:
- Update of the ADG network access agreement with Power and Water Corporation.

A retail licence to be issued to Next Business Energy Pty Ltd (Next Business) in accordance with Part 3 of the Electricity Reform Act subject to the following conditions being satisfied:
- Finalisation of Next Business’s network access agreement with Power and Water Corporation.

The licences will be issued in due course.

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

All licensees will be 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.

 

March 21
20 March 2018 Tropical Cyclone Marcus financial assistance now available

​The Northern Territory Government has announced an immediate relief payment of $250 for households that have been without power for more than 72 hours as a result of Cyclone Marcus.

For more information please visit the SecureNT website.

For updates on power restoration please check current bulletins on the PowerWater website.

March 21
Consultation: Application for Generation Licence – Infigen Energy NT Solar Pty Ltd

​The Commission has received an application from Infigen Energy NT Solar Pty Ltd as required by Section 14 of the Electricity Reform Act (the Act), for a licence to generate electricity in accordance with Section 21 of the Act.

Standard generation Licence Application – Infigen Energy NT Solar Pty Ltd

The Infigen Energy NT Solar Pty Ltd is seeking to construct and operate two ground mounted solar PV facilities with individual capacities of 10MWac each. They will be built adjacent to and connected to the existing Manton and Batchelor 132/22 KV PWC zone substations. Electricity generated from these facilities will be sold to NT electricity retailers and generators.

In deciding whether or not to issue a standard generation licence, Section 16(2)(b) of the 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 Infigen Energy NT Solar Pty Ltd is suitable to hold a licence with regard to:

(a) the applicant's previous commercial and other dealings and the standard of honesty and integrity shown in those dealings;

(b) the financial, technical and human resources available to the applicant;

(c) 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); and

(d) other matters prescribed by the Regulations.

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

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission seeks comments on the licence application from market participants and stakeholders. Any comments should be provided by Friday 27 April 2018.  

Any comments or queries should be directed to Utilities Commission Office at utilities.commission@nt.gov.au or 08 89 995480.

 
February 22
2017 Port of Darwin Comparative Report and 2017 Port of Darwin Price Benchmarking Report Released

​The Ports Management Act requires the Utilities Commission to complete a review of the Northern Territory ports access and pricing regime by 15 November 2018. To inform this review the Commission completed a comparative report of annual reporting information about the operational activities of the Port of Darwin for the previous four years. 

The Commission also engaged the specialist services of GHD Advisory to undertake a benchmarking study of port prices for the Port of Darwin against comparable interstate ports. The ports included in the study were Darwin, Broome, Port Hedland, Fremantle, Adelaide, Cairns, Townsville and Gladstone.

Both of these reports are included as appendices to theUC-IP-PR-22FEB2018.pdfIssues Paper for the 2018 Ports Access and Pricing Review. ​

2017 Port of Darwin Comparative Report

2017 Port of Darwin Price Benchmarking Report

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