The distribution determinations made by the AER in May 2010 regarding the respective electricity distribution networks owned by Energex, Ergon Energy and ETSA Utilities are the subject of an application for review in the Australian Competition Tribunal (Tribunal).
Energex, Ergon Energy and ETSA Utilities have sought review of the AER's decision regarding the value of imputation credits (gamma). Ergon Energy has also sought review of aspects of its capital expenditure allowance, forecast customer service costs, demand forecasts, alternative control services (quoted services), the classification of street lighting services, the service target performance incentive scheme, and labour cost escalators.
ETSA Utilities has also sought review of the value of its opening regulatory asset base. The National Electricity Law requires an applicant to apply to the Tribunal for leave to apply for review. The Tribunal will hear submissions on the issue of leave on 15 July 2010. If the application is allowed to proceed, the Tribunal will also make directions as to the steps to be undertaken by the parties in preparation for the final hearing of the application for review.