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September 13
Generator Performance Standards

​The Power and Water Corporation has submitted to the Commission, and is seeking approval for, proposed amendments to the Network Technical Code and System Control Technical Code to implement new Generator Performance Standards.

In accordance with the Utilities Commission Act 2000 and good regulatory practice, the Commission is undertaking a due diligence process in considering the proposed amendments. This includes, among other things, consideration of stakeholder feedback provided to date to PWC through its two rounds of formal consultation.

The Commission is cognisant of the fact that there is some urgency in finalising appropriate Generator Performance Standards, including to provide all stakeholders certainty. Accordingly, it will publish a draft decision as soon as possible, likely in November 2019.

The Commission's draft decision, when published, will provide stakeholders with an opportunity to submit formal feedback directly to the Commission, which will in turn assist the Commission to make its final decision. Timing for the final decision, subject to feedback and any unknown issues, is estimated to be in February 2020.

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

August 27
Consultation: Submissions Received on the Issues Paper for the Electricity Ring-fencing and Guidelines Review

​The Utilities Commission is reviewing the Northern Territory Electricity Ring-fencing Code and Guidelines to ensure their contents and operation are of continued relevance and effectiveness for the electricity supply industry in the Northern Territory.
 
On May 17 2019, the Commission approved an Issues Paper which identifies issues that will be considered as part of the review. All stakeholders were invited to make submissions on the Issues Paper by 20 June 2019.
 
The Commission received submissions from the Australian Energy Regulator, Jacana Energy, Power Water Corporation and Territory Generation, which are available below. The Commission is considering the submissions, which will inform its draft version of the updated NT Electricity Ring-fencing Code, due for release in October 2019.
 
For more information on the ring-fencing code or review visit http://www.utilicom.nt.gov.au/Electricity/conduct/Pages/Ring-Fencing.aspx and 
http://www.utilicom.nt.gov.au/Electricity/conduct/Pages/Ring-fencing-Code-and-Guidelines-Review.aspx.
Any questions should be directed to the Utilities Commission by phone (08) 8999 5480 or email utilities.commission@nt.gov.au.

AER Submission - Review of Ring-fencing Code and Guidelines
Jacana Submission - Review of Ring-fencing Code and Guidelines
PWC Submission - Review of Ring-fencing Code and Guidelines
TGen Submission - Review of the Ring-fencing Code and Guidelines

August 27
Licence exemption application not proceeding - Origin Energy Retail No. 2 Pty Ltd

​In 2018, the Commission received an application from Origin Energy Retail No.2 Pty Ltd (Origin) for an exemption from a licence to generate and sell electricity in accordance with section 87 of the Electricity Reform Act.  

Origin was seeking to install solar photovoltaic at two sites owned by Charles Darwin University (CDU). It was proposed the project would include a 1.1 megawatt system at CDU Casuarina and a 325 kilowatt system at CDU Alice Springs, which would be connected to the Darwin-Katherine and Alice Springs systems respectively, but not export electricity to the grid.

The Commission released an Issues Paper seeking feedback from market participants and stakeholders by 17 September 2018. A submission was received from Power Water Corporation, which was published on the Commission’s website. 

On 31 July 2019, Origin advised the Commission that this project is not proceeding  and therefore it is no longer necessary to pursue an exemption from licensing under the Electricity Reform Act.

August 22
Consultation: Submissions Received for the Proposed Electricity Retail Supply Code and Statement of Reasons – June 2019

​The Commission has received five submissions in response to the proposed Northern Territory Electricity Retail Supply Code (the Code) and Statement of Reasons, which were released for a final consultation round in June 2019:

Department of Treasury and Finance Submission

Jacana Energy Submission

Power and Water Corporation Submission

Power and Water Corporation Submission - additional

Territory Generation Submission

The Commission is considering the feedback submitted and expects to issue a final amended Code during September 2019.

For more information about the current review of the Electricity Retail Supply Code, go to http://www.utilicom.nt.gov.au/Electricity/conduct/Pages/Electricity-Retail-Supply-Code-Current-Reviews.aspx

August 15
Consultation: Submissions Received for Generation Licence Application – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd

​The Commission received an application from Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd as required by section 14 of the Electricity Reform Act 2000 (ER Act), for a licence to generate electricity in accordance with section 21 of the Act. 


Generation Licence Application – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd


In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence application from market participants and stakeholders. Submissions were due Friday 2 August 2019. The Commission received two submissions, including a confidential submission from Power and Water Corporation.


Territory Generation Submission – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd Generation Licence Application


The Commission is currently considering the submissions, with a decision on the application to be made in due course.


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

August 15
Consultation: Submissions Received for Licence Variation Application – Eni Australia Limited

​The Commission received an application from Eni Australia Limited to vary its generation licence to include two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power stations, located at Batchelor and Manton, in accordance with section 32 of the Electricity Reform Act 2000.


 Generation Licence Variation Application – Eni Australia Limited

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission sought comments on the licence variation application from market participants and stakeholders. Submissions were due Tuesday 13 August 2019. The Commission received two submissions:


 EDL Submission – Eni Australia Limited Licence Variation Application
 Territory Generation Submission – Eni Australia Limited Licence Variation Application

The Commission is currently considering the submissions, with a decision on the application to be made in due course.

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

August 13
Consultation: Application for Retail Licence – Power Generation Corporation (trading as Territory Generation)

The Commission has received an application from Power Generation Corporation (trading as Territory Generation) as required by section 14 of the Electricity Reform Act 2000 (ER Act), for a licence to sell electricity in accordance with section 23 of the ER Act.

Territory Generation is seeking to sell electricity solely to the Department of Defence (DoD) for use at the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap, located in Alice Springs.

The Minister for Renewables, Energy and Essential Services authorised Territory Generation to supply electricity to the DoD during the retail restriction period, subject to the condition that the electricity is used only for the Joint Defence Facility Pine Gap. This authorisation was gazetted on 16 January 2019, Gazette notice no. G3.

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission seeks comments on the licence application from system participants and stakeholders. Any comments should be provided by Friday, 30 August 2019.  

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

July 29
Consultation: Generation Licence Variation Application – Eni Australia Limited

The Commission has received an application from Eni Australia Limited to vary its generation licence to include two 10 MW solar photovoltaic (PV) power stations, located at Batchelor and Manton, in accordance with section 32 of the Electricity Reform Act.

Generation Licence Variation Application – Eni Australia Limited​

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission is seeking stakeholder and system participant comments on the application.​

Submissions are due by COB Tuesday 13 August 2019.

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

July 02
Consultation: Application for Generation Licence – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd

The Commission has received an application from Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd as required by section 14 of the Electricity Reform Act 2000 (ER Act), for a licence to generate electricity in accordance with section 21 of the Act.

Generation Licence Application – Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd

Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd is seeking to construct, own and operate a 10.874 MW and 3.62 MW solar photovoltaic generation facilities on the Darwin-Katherine electricity network to sell electricity primarily to the Department of Defence, with any surplus sold to other electricity entities holding a retail or generation licence.

In deciding whether or not to issue a generation licence, section 16(2)(b) of the ER 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 Assure Energy Asset Pty Ltd is suitable to hold a licence with regard to:

· the applicant's previous commercial and other dealings and the standard of honesty and integrity shown in those dealings

· the financial, technical and human resources available to the applicant

· 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)

· other matters prescribed by the Electricity Reform Regulations.

In considering an application, the Commission will also have regard to the factors specified in section 6(2) of the Utilities Commission Act 2000.

In accordance with good regulatory practice, the Commission seeks comments on the licence application from system participants and stakeholders. Any comments should be provided by Friday, 2 August 2019.  

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

July 02
Changes to Tariffs for Standard Charges for Prescribed Services for the Port of Darwin

​On 1 July 2019, Darwin Port Operations Pty Ltd (DPO) increased all but one of its charges by 2 per cent. The exception being port induction fees which decreased by $25 over two years due to now being biennial instead of annual.

In accordance with its price determination, the Commission uses the National Consumer Price Index (CPI) to monitor and report on pricing for prescribed services at the Port of Darwin. The 2 per cent increase to DPO’s port charges is marginally higher than the National (CPI) rise for the 12 months to the March quarter 2019, which was 1.8 per cent.

DPO’s updated Tariff Schedule effective 1 July 2019 is available on DPO’s website.

For more information on price regulation for the Port of Darwin, see Port Price Regulation.

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