On 25 June 2014, the Council of Australian Governments’ (COAG) Energy Council submitted a rule change request to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) seeking to require network distributors to offer the same tariff as a retailer in situations where jurisdictional governments imposed an obligation on retailers to offer a particular retail tariff in their standing offers to small customers.
As the first step in the consultation process, on 2 April 2015 the AEMC published a consultation paper. On 8 May we lodged a submission in response to the consultation paper which shared the same overall concerns with supporting a rule change premised on making departures from nationally consistent pricing rules, and designed to try and mitigate the impact of these departures.
On 16 July 2015 the AEMC published a draft determination. On 24 August we lodged a submission supporting the AEMC's determination that a draft rule should not be made.