Australian Gas Networks (AGN) owns and operates gas distribution networks in Victoria and Albury. The National Gas Law (NGL) and National Gas Rules (NGR) provide the regulatory framework governing gas networks. As with other covered pipelines, we regulate AGN's reference tariffs for these networks - and through, these its revenue - under approved access arrangements for each network.
On 27 October 2020, the National Energy Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Vic) (NELA Act) was enacted to change the timing of the annual Victorian electricity and gas regulatory years. The next access arrangement period is expected to commence on 1 July 2023, rather than 1 January 2023.
AGN submitted its reference service proposal in July 2021. The AER sought submissions from interested parties on AGN's reference service proposal by 30 July 2021. We received one submission, which is available on the AER website.
The indicative timetable outlines the key milestones in the decision making process.