Essential Energy is a NSW electricity distribution business. Its next 5 year regulatory control period commences on 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2024. Under the NER, Essential Energy is required to submit its regulatory proposal to us by 31 January 2018.
Request for extension of time
In response to a written request from Essential Energy, we have agreed to extend the due date for Essential Energy’s regulatory proposal to 30 April 2018. Based on the approach taken by Essential Energy toward progressing its 2014‑19 remittal and in developing its 2019‑24 upcoming proposal, we consider that our assessment of its 2019‑24 upcoming proposal can be completed within the revised timeframe, consistent with our usual consultative and robust processes. The exchanged letters are published below.
Prior to receipt of Essential Energy's regulatory proposal, the NER require us to review the current Framework and Approach (F&A) that applies to Essential Energy and decide whether to amend or replace it. The F&A is the first step in the process to determine efficient prices for electricity distribution services. The F&A determines, amongst other things, which services we will regulate and the broad nature of the regulatory arrangements. This includes an assessment of services (service classification) and whether we need to directly control the prices and/or revenues set for those services The F&A also facilitates early consultation with consumers and other stakeholders and assists electricity distribution businesses prepare expenditure proposals.
On 27 July 2017, we published our final F&A for Essential Energy following receipt of stakeholder submissions. Further information is available under 'AER Position'.