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March 22
2017-18 Northern Territory Electricity Retail Review

​The Utilities Commission has published its inaugural Northern Territory Electricity Retail Review (NTERR).

The NTERR focuses on retail performance and quality of services provided to small customers, and includes some observations in relation to larger customers, including those related to market share and competition. Prior to 2017-18, this information was contained within the Power System Review.

March 21
Power and Water Corporation consultation supplementary information – Generator Performance Standards

On 19 December 2018, the Power and Water Corporation (PWC) released proposed amendments to the rules governing electricity production in the Northern Territory, the Generator Performance Standards, for consultation.

PWC has released a supplementary paper to the Generator Performance Standards consultation process that aims to provide further clarity on the proposed contingency frequency control ancillary services capability obligation. Specifically the paper addresses how the service will be operated, and paid for within both the existing arrangements and the proposed Northern Territory Electricity Market framework.

PWC has extended the consultation period to 4pm Friday 29 March 2019.

Further details on the proposed amendments and PWC’s consultation can be found under Market Operator Consultation Papers​ on the PWC website.

March 19
Draft Decision - 2018 System Control Charges Review

The Commission has made its Draft Decision in relation to the Power and Water Corporation’s (PWC) submission to the Commission (Review of System Control Charges and Associated Funding Issues) under section 39(1) of the Electricity Reform 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.

The Draft Decision provides the Commission’s associated considerations, reasons and recommendations, and seeks feedback from stakeholders by 17 April 2019, noting PWC has provided to the Commission a Revised Review of System Control Charges and Associated Funding Issues proposal dated March 2019, which is intended to be in line with the Commission’s recommendations.

The Commission engaged ACIL Allen Consulting to assist it in making its draft and final decisions. It is recommended that ACIL Allen’s Report to the Commission be read in parallel with the Commission’s Draft Decision.

In making its Draft Decision, the Commission considered feedback on its Issues Paper​ from stakeholders, noting four submissions were received.

EDL NGD (NT) Pty Ltd

Jacana Energy

Rimfire Energy Pty Ltd

Territory Generation

March 19
Final Report - 2018 Ports Access and Pricing Review published

​As the economic regulator for the ports access and pricing regime, section 123 of the Ports Management Act (the Act) requires the Commission to conduct and complete a review of Part 11 of the Act and Part 3 of the Ports Management Regulations.

The review was conducted and completed, with the Commission delivering the Final Report to the Minister for Infrastructure, Planning and Logistics on 15 November 2018.

In accordance with section 123(4) of the Act, the Final Report was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 12 March 2019.

More information about the ports access and pricing regime and the review is available at http://www.utilicom.nt.gov.au/Ports/Pages/default.aspx.

March 13
Power and Water Corporation consultation supplementary information – Generator Performance Standards

On 19 December 2018, the Power and Water Corporation (PWC) released proposed amendments to the rules governing electricity production in the Northern Territory, the Generator Performance Standards, for consultation.

PWC has released a supplementary paper to the Generator Performance Standards consultation process. The paper includes:

-       further clarity on the objectives of the proposed Generator Performance Standard amendments

-       new capacity forecasting requirements

-       further background regarding the proposed removal of the semi-scheduled generator classification.

PWC has indicated that a further paper on contingency frequency control ancillary services will be released in the near future. Stakeholders will be given the opportunity to update their submissions, as appropriate.

PWC has extended the consultation period to 4pm Friday 29 March 2019.

Further details on the proposed amendments and PWC’s consultation can be found under Market Operator Consultation Papers​ on the PWC website.

March 08
Extension of the Department of Treasury and Finance consultation period – Electricity Market Functional Specification

On 7 February 2019, the Department of Treasury and Finance (DTF) released a Northern Territory Electricity Market (NTEM) Functional Specification Consultation paper .

DTF has extended the consultation period to 4:00 pm Friday 29 March 2019.

The consultation paper can be found on the Department of Treasury and Finance website.

March 08
Extension of Power and Water Corporation consultation period – Generator Performance Standards

On 19 December 2018, the Power and Water Corporation (PWC) released proposed amendments to the rules governing electricity production in the Northern Territory, the Generator Performance Standards, for consultation.

PWC has extended the consultation period in recognition that it is critical for stakeholders and potential proponents to fully understand the links and interactions between the Generator Performance Standards review (conducted by PWC) and the draft NTEM Functional Specification review (conducted by the Department of Treasury and Finance). The consultation period has been extended to 4pm Friday 29 March 2019.

PWC has indicated that two additional papers will be released on Tuesday 12 March 2019 to provide further clarity on forecasting and contingency frequency ancillary services requirements. Stakeholders will be given the opportunity to update their submissions, as appropriate.

Further details on the proposed amendments and PWC’s consultation can be found under Market Operator Consultation Papers​ on the PWC website.

February 26
Extension of PWC consultation period and information session – Generator Performance Standards

​On 19 December 2018, the Power and Water Corporation (PWC) released proposed amendments to the rules governing electricity production in the Northern Territory, the Generator Performance Standards, for consultation.

Following an information session held by PWC regarding the proposed changes on 18 February 2019, the consultation period has been extended to COB Friday 8 March 2019

Further details on the proposed amendments and PWC’s consultation can be found under Market Operator Consultation Papers​ on the PWC website.​

February 15
2017-18 Annual Report to the Minister on Material Instances of Non-Compliance – Port of Darwin

​The Ports Management Act establishes the Utilities Commission as the economic regulator of the port access and pricing regime for the Port of Darwin. Section 121 of the Act requires the commission to report to the responsible Minister by 1 December each year about: 

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

(b) any instance of non-compliance with a determination made by the commission.

The commission’s 2017-18 Annual Report​ to the Minister ​was tabled in the Legislative Assembly on 13 February 2019, and is now available on the commission’s website.

More information about the commission’s Annual Report to the Minister on Material Instances of Non-compliance is available at www.utilicom.nt.gov.au/Ports/Pages/Port-Annual-Report-Minister.aspx​, including reports for previous years.


February 14
Consultation closed and submissions received for System Control Charges Review

​The Power and Water Corporation (PWC) made a submission to the Commission (Review of System Control Charges and Associated Funding Issues) under section 39(1) of the Electricity Reform 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 drafted an Issues Paper​, which identified topics that should be considered and sought feedback from stakeholders. 

The extended consultation period closed on 18 January 2019, with four submissions received.

The Commission is considering these submissions, and is expected to publish an associated draft decision in relation to PWC’s system control charges proposal in March 2019.

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