On 27 November we issued draft decisions on the revenue proposals submitted by ACT and NSW distribution and transmission businesses, for the period commencing on 1 July 2015.
The draft decisions apply to:
- ActewAGL for the period 2015–19
- Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy and Essential Energy for the period 2015–19
- Jemena Gas Networks (NSW) for the period 2015–20; and
- TransGrid for the period 2015–18 and Directlink for the period 2015–20.
Transmission networks transport power over long distances, linking generators with load centres. Distribution networks transport energy from points along the transmission network to houses and businesses, criss-crossing urban and regional areas in the process.
The draft decisions propose lower allowed revenues for transferring electricity and gas, which, if implemented, should result in lower energy bills for end users in the ACT and NSW.
This is the first time we have made a draft decision under the new National Electricity Rules and National Gas Rules. These draft decisions reflect our guidelines developed through the Better regulation program.
Our draft decisions form part of the consultation process and have been made on the basis of information provided by the businesses, consultation with consumers, and the AER’s own analysis. The AER will make its final determinations in April and May 2015, after receiving further submissions from the businesses and other stakeholders.
We invite submissions on our draft decisions. We will also be holding public forums to commence the consultation process.