Following a review of the regulatory framework for electricity retail licensing and exemptions, the State Government is introducing the Alternative Electricity Services (AES) regulatory framework to ensure adequate protections are available for consumers of alternative electricity business models and services.
Energy Policy WA is drafting legislative amendments to the Electricity Industry Act 2004 to give effect to the AES framework. Subject to drafting and Parliamentary processes, the framework is targeted to take effect from early 2025.
Under the framework, services can be prescribed as an AES by regulations, and providers of those services will need to register and comply with obligations contained in a single code of practice, the Alternative Electricity Services Code (AES Code). The AES Code will be supported by provisions for compliance and enforcement, and a mechanism for resolving disputes between service providers and consumers.
The first services proposed to be prescribed under the new arrangements are:
For more information on the drafting of AES legislative amendments and proposed prescription of these services please click on the links below.