In April 2019 the Victorian Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change advised the AER and the Victorian distribution businesses of the government’s intention to change the timing of the annual Victorian electricity and gas network prices changes. The change would bring Victoria into alignment with the other NEM jurisdictions to operate on a financial – rather than calendar – year basis.
The change, which requires passage through Victorian parliament to give effect through legislation, is intended to extend the current regulatory control period by six months and change the commencement of the next regulatory control period to 1 July 2021. Due to unforeseen delays in passage of the legislation, the AER will not be making a final revenue determination on the six-month period on 30 September 2020. Proceeding on the basis that the legislation will be in place in October 2020, we set out below indicative timetable for steps for the revenue and pricing decisions for the six-month extension period.
The indicative timetable and any documents, models and values provided or published under the timetable are subject to the legislation. In order for the pricing process for the six-month extension period to progress as quickly as possible after the legislation is in place, we will take steps in this process before the final revenue determination for the six-month extension period is released.
The indicative timetable set out below summarises key dates relating to the six-month extension. To promote transparency, key milestone documents will be published. The AER has already published its indicative position setting out its approach to calculating revenue and price caps for the six-month extension period.In late September we will be providing Jemena with the information it requires to prepare its annual pricing proposal for the prices that will apply from 1 January 2021. Shortly after that we will also publish a document setting out the key parameters we have requested the distributors use in preparing their pricing proposals. Once available, the distributors’ pricing proposals for the six-month period will also be published. Our positions page provides background information to the overall process.
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