The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has released its preliminary Framework and Approach (F&A) paper for AusNet Services, CitiPower, Powercor, Jemena Electricity Networks, and United Energy for the 2021─25 regulatory control period.
The F&A provides direction to a distribution network service provider on how certain aspects of its regulatory proposal should be framed. These preliminary papers allow for the service providers and interested stakeholders to consider and respond to the AER’s intended approach to service classification (what services we will regulate), form of control (how we will set prices for regulated services) and incentive schemes that aim to encourage cost efficiency and maintenance of service standards, amongst other things.
This consultation opportunity is the first step in the beginning of a two year process that ends with us determining service providers’ allowed revenue for the 2021─25 regulatory control period, including efficient prices for electricity distribution and transmission services.
Stakeholder input on distribution service classification at the F&A stage is important, as many of the decisions made at this early stage will influence the regulatory arrangements applying to the businesses well into the next decade.
Invitation for submissions
We are now seeking written submissions from interested stakeholders on our preliminary F&A papers for Victorian distributors by close of business, 9 November 2018. The AER will consider all submissions before issuing its final F&A papers for these service providers by 31 January 2019. Submissions should be emailed to Vic2021email@example.com.
Alternatively, written submissions can also be sent to:
Mr Chis Pattas,
GM Distribution Networks
Australian Energy Regulator
GPO Box 520
Melbourne VIC 3001
The AER prefers that all submissions be sent in an electronic format in Microsoft Word or other text readable document form, and that submissions be publicly available, to facilitate an informed, transparent and robust consultation process. Accordingly, 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.