Jemena Gas Networks (NSW) - Annual tariff variation 2017-18

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Commencement date: 
22 May 2017
Effective date: 
1 July 2017
Contact: 
AER General inquiries AERInquiry@aer.gov.au
AER reference: 
61867

Overview

On 18 May 2017, Jemena Gas Networks (JGN) submitted to the AER a proposed enforceable undertaking and annual tariff variation notice for JGN's New South Wales gas distribution network.

On 31 May 2017, the AER accepted the enforceable undertaking from JGN.

On 19 June 2017, the AER published the approved JGN 2017-18 annual tariff variation notice. This was after the AER assessed JGN's tariff variation notice as compliant with its enforceable undertaking.

The AER and JGN have developed a new enforceable undertaking which sets out how JGN's revenues and network tariffs will be determined from 1 July 2017 to 30 June 2018. The enforceable undertaking also obliges JGN to continue to provide network services consistent with the non-price terms and conditions of its 2015-20 access arrangement. A similar approach was undertaken for the period 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2017.

JGN offers the enforceable undertaking because in February 2016 the Australian Competition Tribunal set aside the AER’s May 2015 access arrangement decision for JGN. Subsequently, the AER sought judicial review of the Australian Competition Tribunal decision in the Full Federal Court of Australia. An enforceable undertaking can set out placeholder arrangements that provide transparency and certainty over network tariffs, on an interim basis, until the allowed revenue that JGN may ultimately recover from customers is determined through the appeals process.

The AER's approach to establishing new interim arrangements through entering into new enforceable undertakings with JGN was set out in an open letter published on the AER's website in May 2017.