The Western Australian Government has requested the Public Utilities Office to progress work to implement a light handed access regime and establish an independent system operator for the Pilbara region of Western Australia.
The focus of this reform initiative is to implement a regulatory regime that is a lower cost, more efficient alternative to facilitate third party access to electricity networks than the default arrangements currently in place under the Electricity Networks Access Code 2004. The establishment of an independent system operator will improve the security and reliability of power supply in the region and help facilitate better coordination between market participants.
The new regulatory arrangements are intended to commence in early 2020.
The work to implement the proposed regulatory arrangements includes:
The proposed detailed design of the access regime and system operations arrangements are provided in two consultation papers, along with AEMO’s Review Report of the ISO role:
The proposed institutional arrangements required to implement the Pilbara electricity reforms are outlined in a third consultation paper, along with a consultation draft of the Electricity Industry Amendment (Pilbara Networks) Bill 2019 (the Bill):
The Public Utilities Office is inviting submissions on the above Consultation Papers. Submissions are requested by 5:00pm (WST) on 16 April 2019.
On 29 March 2018, the Public Utilities Office published a Design Report detailing thirty-five (35) Design Elements that scope the form and function of the proposed light handed access regime and the independent system operator model.
The Design Report and Better Regulation Unit Compliance Assessment Notice are provided below:
On 9 February 2018, the Public Utilities Office published a Design Consultation Paper for the new regulatory framework. The Design Consultation Paper and stakeholder submissions received in response are provided below:
An Issues Paper was published on 14 November 2017. The Issues Paper and submissions received in response are available below:
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All enquiries on this project can be directed to the Project Lead, Alyce Lines, Public Utilities Office on (08) 6551 2721 or [email protected].
Last reviewed: 15 March 2019