The focus of this reform initiative is to implement a regulatory regime that is a lower cost, more efficient alternative to facilitate third party access to electricity networks than the default arrangements currently in place under the Electricity Networks Access Code 2004. The establishment of an independent system operator will improve the security and reliability of power supply in the region and help facilitate better coordination between market participants.
The new regulatory arrangements are intended to commence in mid 2021.
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Detailed Design Consultation Papers
The work to implement the proposed regulatory arrangements includes:
- developing a detailed design of the access regime and system operation arrangements;
- engaging the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to undertake a design review process on the proposed independent system operator (ISO) model; and
- drafting amendments to the Electricity Industry Act 2004 and related subsidiary instruments.
The proposed detailed design of the access regime and system operations arrangements are provided in two consultation papers, along with AEMO’s Review Report of the ISO role are provided below.
The proposed institutional arrangements required to implement the Pilbara electricity reforms are outlined in a third consultation paper, along with a consultation draft of the Electricity Industry Amendment (Pilbara Networks) Bill 2019 (the Bill) are provided below.
Submissions on the consultation papers closed on 16 April 2019.
On 29 March 2018, a Design Report, detailing thirty-five (35) Design Elements that scope the form and function of the proposed light handed access regime and the independent system operator model, was published.
The Design Report and Better Regulation Unit Compliance Assessment Notice are provided below:
Design Consultation Paper
On 9 February 2018, a Design Consultation Paper for the new regulatory framework was published. The Design Consultation Paper and stakeholder submissions received in response are provided below:
An Issues Paper was published on 14 November 2017. The Issues Paper and submissions received in response are available below: