Stand-Alone Power Systems Legislative Amendments - Consultation Package

Publication date: Tuesday, 07th July 2020.

In its final report on Stand Alone Power Systems (SAPS) – Priority 1, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) set out a national framework that facilitates the provision of SAPS by DNSPs to their existing customers, where these offer a lower cost substitute to investing in, and maintaining, traditional network solutions.

Following agreement by Senior Officials of the former COAG Energy Council, this consultation package seeks stakeholder feedback on draft amendments to the National Electricity Law and National Energy Retail Law to support the efficient delivery of stand-alone power systems by distribution network service providers, based on the AEMC’s final recommendations.

Key changes include:

  • Defining a stand-alone power system and amending the existing definition of distribution system.
  • Ensuring that stand-alone power systems are captured by the economic regulatory framework and provide transitional arrangements for pre-existing stand-alone power systems.
  • Flexible opt-in arrangements for jurisdictions through Regulation so each jurisdiction can apply the whole framework or part of the framework to regulated stand-alone power systems in their jurisdiction.
  • Providing for the South Australian Minister to make an initial set of National Electricity Rules and National Energy Retail Rules associated with the amendments on regulated stand-alone power systems.

Senior Officials encourage stakeholders to provide feedback, through a written submission (Word and PDF), on the draft amendments. Senior Officials welcome comments from stakeholders, including on drafting omissions or errors and whether the amendments will raise any practical implementation or transitional issues.

Submissions can be sent to demsaenwg@sa.gov.au

The consultation period will close on 31 July 2020. Submissions will be considered and a final package of draft amendments will go to Energy Ministers for approval in the third quarter of 2020.

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