Rate of Return Instrument 2022

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Rate of return
Date initiated: 
4 November 2019
Effective date: 
31 December 2022
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The Rate of Return Instrument sets out the approach by which we will estimate the rate of return, and comprises the return on debt and the return on equity, as well as the value of imputation credits.

We publish a new rate of return instrument every four years. The next rate of return instrument is to be published in 2022 and will bind all regulatory determinations in the subsequent four years.

To determine the 2022 instrument we will undertake an extensive review including multiple rounds of stakeholder consultation. We expect the active phase of this review will commence in the middle of 2021.

On 10 June 2020 we released a consultation paper on our pathway to the 2022 instrument. This document sets out our initial positions on forming and running both the concurrent evidence sessions and the independent panel.

The 2018 Instrument remains in force until the publication of the 2022 instrument.

Our pathway to 2022 includes a series of working papers in advance of the main phase of the review. 

2020 working papers
Topic Draft working paper Final working paper
Energy network debt data 26 June 2020 18 November 2020
International regulatory approaches to the rate of return 27 August 2020 16 December 2020
CAPM and alternative return on equity models 27 August 2020 16 December 2020

                                                                                             2021 working papers

Topic Draft working paper Final working paper
Term of the rate of return 21 May 2021  
Rate of return and cashflows in a low interest rate environment 21 May 2021  

We will also release an annual update at the end of each year.

Our pathway to 2022 also sets out the role for stakeholder reference groups in our 2022 review. The consultation page includes details on our Consumer Reference Group, our Investor Reference Group, and our Retailer Reference Group.