On 21 December 2016 the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) received an access arrangement proposal from Multinet Gas, which owns and operates a gas distribution network in Victoria. The National Gas Law (NGL) and National Gas Rules (NGR) provide the regulatory framework governing gas networks. As with other covered pipelines, we regulate Multinet Gas' reference tariffs for its network—and through these its revenue—under an approved access arrangement for its network.
Multinet Gas' access arrangement proposal contains the terms, including prices, under which it proposes to provide its customers with access to its network for the period 1 January 2018 to 31 December 2022. The AER assesses the terms of the proposal against the National Gas Objective which is set out in the NGL. Following the review the AER must make a final decision to approve, or to refuse to approve, the access arrangement proposal.
On 1 February 2017 AGN, Multinet, AusNet and APA VTS presented their proposals to stakeholders at a public forum in Melbourne. Submissions on the proposals were invited by 3 March 2017. Presentations from the forum and submissions on Multinet's proposal are available under the Proposal milestone.
On 6 July 2017 we published our draft decision on Multinet's access arrangement proposal for the 2018-22 access arrangement period. On 14 August Multinet submitted a revised proposal in response to our draft decision.
Invitation for submissions
Energy consumers and other interested parties are invited to make submissions on our draft decision and the revised proposal by close of business on Friday 15 September 2017.
The AER prefers that all submissions be sent in an electronic format in Microsoft Word or other text readable document form and publicly available, to facilitate an informed, transparent and robust consultation process. Submissions should be emailed to VicGAAR2018firstname.lastname@example.org.
Alternatively, submissions can be sent to:
Mr Chris Pattas
Australian Energy Regulator
GPO Box 520
Melbourne Vic 3001
Submissions will be treated as public documents and posted on the AER's website unless prior arrangements are made with the AER to treat the submission, or portions of it, as confidential. Those wishing to submit confidential information are requested to:
- clearly identify the information that is the subject of the confidentiality claim; and
- provide a non-confidential version of the submission.