On 2 May 2017, HWL Ebsworth wrote to the AER stating that it represented 61 local councils, and the Government of South Australia (the Public Lighting Customers (PLC)), in respect of an access dispute with South Australian Power Networks (SAPN). The PLCs requested that the AER determine the access dispute between the PLCs and SAPN under section 128 of the NEL.
The AER set out a proposal for the scope of the access dispute on 22 June 2017 which the parties agreed to.
The process the AER undertook to make this determination is comprehensive and included an oral hearing, draft determination and opportunity for the parties to make submissions at each stage.
On 26 September 2019 the AER provided the disputing parties with its determination.