AER releases Draft Interim Reliability Instrument Guideline for the Retailer Reliability Obligation for consultation

Today the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) released its Draft Interim Reliability Instrument Guideline for consultation.

The Draft Interim Reliability Instrument Guideline is the first of six guidelines that the AER will develop to set out how it will exercise its functions under the Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO).

The Guideline sets out the criteria the AER will use when making a decision on a reliability instrument request made by the Australian Electricity Market Operator (AEMO). The Guideline also sets out how the AER will consult with stakeholders on a reliability instrument request and what information AEMO must provide to the AER when making a reliability instrument request.

The AER welcomes submissions from interested stakeholders by 26 April 2019. The AER will publish the final interim guideline on 31 July 2019.

A final version of the Reliability Instrument Guideline will be subsequently developed, using a full consultation process, which will be published by 31 July 2020.

More information about the RRO, including a timetable for each of the development of the six guidelines, can be found here.

Invitation for Submissions

We invite interested stakeholders to make written submissions in response to any matter covered in this guideline, by the close of business 26 April 2019.

Submissions should be sent electronically to with the following title in the email: For Consultation – Draft Interim Reliability Guideline.

Alternatively, submissions can be mailed to:

Mr Peter Adams
General Manager, Market Performance
Australian Energy Regulator
GPO Box 520
Melbourne Vic 3001

We prefer that all submissions be publicly available to facilitate an informed and transparent consultative process. Submissions will be treated as public documents and posted on our website unless prior arrangements are made with us to treat the submission, or portions of it, as confidential. Those wishing to submit confidential information are requested to clearly identify the information that is the subject of the confidentiality claim, and provide a non-confidential versions of the submission.

For further information regarding our use and disclosure of information provided to us, see the ACCC/AER Information Policy.

Issued date: 
4 April 2019
AER reference: 
AC 39/19
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