Essential Energy - Cost pass through - critical infrastructure licence conditions

Commencement date: 
28 September 2021
Effective date: 
6 October 2021
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On 28 September 2021, Essential Energy submitted a cost pass through application to the AER seeking to recover costs in relation to new licence conditions which require it to strength its cyber and physical security (critical infrastructure licence conditions). Essential Energy must achieve full compliance with the critical infrastructure licence conditions by 30 June 2024. 

Essential Energy is seeking an increase in allowed revenue of $33.2 million to recover the costs arising from the critical infrastructure licence conditions. 


We invite energy consumers and other interested parties to make submissions on Essential Energy's critical infrastructure licence conditions pass through application by close of business Tuesday, 2 November 2021.

Submissions should be emailed Attention: Sebastian Roberts, General Manager, Expenditure at

Alternatively, written submissions can be sent to:

Mr Sebastian Roberts
General Manager, Expenditure
Australian Energy Regulator
GPO Box 3131

Canberra, ACT, 2601

We will take into account submissions in deciding whether or not to grant Essential Energy's application.

We prefer that all submissions be publicly available to facilitate an informed and transparent consultative process. We will treat submissions as public documents unless otherwise requested. All non-confidential submissions will be placed on the AER's website. For further information regarding the AER's use and disclosure of information provided to it, see the ACCC/AER Information Policy.

We request parties wishing to submit confidential information:

  • clearly identify the information that is the subject of the confidentiality claim
  • provide a non-confidential version of the submission in a form suitable for publication.