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February 08
Consultation: Submission Received for Generation Licence – Airport Development Group Pty Ltd

​The Commission received an application from Airport Development Group Pty Ltd (ADG) 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 ADG

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

Power and Water System Control submission attachment – draft Generation Performance Standards

As part of System Control’s submission, System Control has provided draft ‘Generator Performance Standards’ (GPS). This draft is more mature than the version submitted in December (see Katherine Solar application) and requires further development. System Control plans to issue an updated version for consultation in due course. However, if you have any comments on the draft, please contact System Control. The latest GPS have been submitted by System Control to provide the Utilities Commission, Katherine Solar and other interested parties an indication of possible future generator standards, so that potential generators can take into account these possible changes.

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.

February 08
Consultation: Submission Received for Generation Licence - Katherine Solar Pty Ltd

​The Commission received an application from Katherine Solar Pty Ltd 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 Katherine Solar

Power and Water System Control submission – generation licence application from Katherine Solar

Power and Water System Control submission attachment – draft Generation Performance Standards

As part of System Control’s submission, System Control has provided draft ‘Generator Performance Standards’ (GPS). This draft is more mature than the version submitted in December (see Katherine Solar application) and requires further development. System Control plans to issue an updated version for consultation in due course. However, if you have any comments on the draft, please contact System Control. The latest GPS have been submitted by System Control to provide the Utilities Commission, Katherine Solar and other interested parties an indication of possible future generator standards, so that potential generators can take into account these possible changes.

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.

December 20
Consultation: Application for Generation Licence - Katherine Solar Pty Ltd

​On 2 November 2017, the Utilities Commission commenced public consultation and sought submissions from interested stakeholders on an application from Katherine Solar Pty Ltd for a licence to generate electricity in accordance with Section 21 of the Act.

Submissions were due by 15 December 2017.

The Commission has received one submission from Territory Generation:

Territory Generation submission – generation licence application from Katherine Solar

The Commission has also received a request from PWC System Control seeking an extension to the period for submissions to 31 of January 2018 to enable further development of the Generator Performance Standards.

PWC System Control request for extension – generation licence application from Katherine Solar 

PWC System Control request for extension attachment – generation licence application from Katherine Solar

Please note the ‘Preliminary Draft Generator Performance Standards’ provided by PWC System Control as an attachment is a very early draft and subject to (potentially substantial) change.

The Commission has agreed to provide the requested extension, which is also made available to all stakeholders.

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.

December 01
Consultation: Application for Generation Licence – Airport Development Group Pty Ltd

​The Commission has received an application from Airport Development Group 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.

The Airport Development Group Pty Ltd is seeking to operate solar photovoltaic (PV) facilities at multiple locations in the Northern Territory, consisting of a mix of existing ground mounted round-mounted, solar arrays and rooftop installations, and planned additional ground mounted solar arrays. The facilities are (or will be) located within the land boundaries of Darwin Airport, Alice Springs Airport and Tennant Creek Airport.

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 Airport Development Group 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 Monday 30 January 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 89 995480.

 
November 23
Consultation: Application for Electricity Retail Licence - Next Business Energy Pty Ltd

​The Commission has received an application from Next Business Energy Pty Ltd as required by Section 14 of the Electricity Reform Act (the Act), for a licence to sell electricity in accordance with Section 23 of the Act.

• Electricity Retail Licence Application – Next Business Energy Pty Ltd

Next Business Energy wishes to expand into the Northern Territory, proposing to target contract offerings to customers in the small to medium business segment of the market.

In deciding whether or not to issue an electricity retail licence, Section 16(2)(d) of the Act requires the Commission to consider whether the applicant will be able to meet the reasonably foreseeable obligations for the sale of electricity. Section 16(3) also requires the Commission to consider whether Next Business Energy 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 19 January 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 89 995480.

 

November 13
Review of the Access and Pricing Regime for the Port of Darwin

​As the economic regulator for the access and pricing regime for the Port of Darwin, the Utilities Commission is required to complete a review and deliver a report to the Minister within three years of the commencement of the regime. As part of the review, the Commission will release an Issues Paper in January 2018, followed by a Draft Report in June 2018.

The Commission will consult with the private port operator during the review and will call for submissions from all stakeholders on both the Issues Paper and the Draft Report.

The Final Report will be released and delivered to the Minister by 16 November 2018.

For more information, see the Utilities Commission website under Review of the Access and Pricing Regime.

November 02
Consultation: Application for Generation Licence - Katherine Solar Pty Ltd

​The Commission has received an application from Katherine 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 – Katherine Solar Pty Ltd

The Katherine Solar Pty Ltd is seeking to operate a 25 MW AC solar photovoltaic (PV) facility consisting of  round-mounted, solar PV modules and associated electrical and civil infrastructure. The project site is located approximately 5 km from the town of Katherine near the Stuart Highway.

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 Katherine 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 15 December 2017 

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.

October 26
Associate Utilities Commissioner position advertised: Applications due by 30 November 2017.

Utilities Commission of the Northern Territory

Associate Utilities Commissioner
POSITION VACANT: PART-TIME, FIXED TERM TO 2021

The Utilities Commissioner seeks a highly experienced senior executive/director to support the Commissioner in the delivery of regulatory, licensing and advisory functions relating to electricity, water and sewerage and ports in the Northern Territory including price and access regulation, compliance and performance monitoring, complaint handling and public reporting. It is envisaged that the appointee may ultimately progress to the role of Commissioner.

The Associate Commissioner is a part-time position requiring a commitment, on average, of one day per week. The role can be based anywhere, but travel to the Territory will be required from time to time.

The Associate Commissioner will work with the Utilities Commissioner and a small group of staff to carry out regulatory and advisory functions, liaise with stakeholders on the work of the Commission and participate in meetings of the Commission (generally held on a six weekly basis). 

The ideal candidate will be a recognised and respected leader accustomed to working in complex and challenging environments who has:

- knowledge of, or experience in, the fields of industry, economics, commerce, law, public administration or other areas relevant to the work of the Commission

- a strong record of achievement and experience in leadership roles

- demonstrated sound judgement, personal integrity and accountability

- excellent stakeholder relationship skills including the ability to work collaboratively with a diverse network of participants

- broad expertise in developing and managing regulatory frameworks in politically and socially sensitive environments.

For further information on the Utilities Commission, please explore the Commission’s website. (http://www.utilicom.nt.gov.au). For further information on the role, please contact the Utilities Commissioner, Dr Patrick Walsh via email at Patrick.Walsh@nt.gov.au.

Applications to be submitted via email to HumanResources.DTF@nt.gov.au by 5.00 pm (ACST) on
Thursday 30 November 2017.

October 25
2017 EIP Code (Standards of Service and Guaranteed Service Levels)

The Utilities Commission of the Northern Territory (the Commission) approved the 2017 Electricity Industry Performance Code (Standards of Service and Guaranteed Service Levels) (EIP code).  The EIP Code commenced on 25 October 2017 and replaces the Electricity Standards of Service Code and the Guaranteed Service Level Code.

The new EIP code follows extensive consultation with industry participants and stakeholders in the Territory’s electricity supply industry. The EIP Code will continue to apply to electricity entities operating in the regulated network (excluding Independent Power Producers) and sets out:

  • - guaranteed service levels performance indicators and payment levelsguaranteed service levels performance indicators and payment levels

  • - generation service performance indicators for reporting purposes

  • - network service performance indicators (network services) for reporting and target setting purposes network service performance indicators (network services) for reporting and target setting purposes

  • - retail service performance indicators for reporting purpose. Retail service performance indicators will measure retail performance for customers taking (or likely to take less than) 160 megawatt hours of electricity during the reporting period. Hardship indicators will measure the treatment of residential customers.

For more information, see Electricity: Performance

October 24
Technical Audit and Spinning Reserve Review of PWC and T-Gen

PWC Technical Audit 2017: Follow Up From the 2014 Audit reports on an audit of PWC (System Control Chapter 2 and Networks Chapter 4) and Territory Generation Chapter 3.  The audit had a particular focus on improvements made since the system black in 2014. 

Power and Water Corporation Technical Audit 2017: Spinning Reserve is a report on the Commission’s review of technical issues relating to spinning reserve.

For more information, see Technical Audit and Spinning Reserve Review of PWC and T-Gen.

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