The Western Australian Government has requested the Public Utilities Office to progress work towards implementing a light handed access framework and establishment of an Independent System Operator for the Pilbara electricity system.
The focus of this reform initiative is to implement a regulatory regime that is a lower cost, more efficient avenue 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 Public Utilities Office will undertake detailed policy design work, including developing implementing legislation and facilitating the transition of Pilbara electricity participants to the new regulatory environment.
The new regulatory arrangements are intended to commence in early 2020.
The Government has requested the Public Utilities Office to undertake detailed design work to implement the proposed regulatory arrangements, including:
The proposed framework in the Design Report covers two distinct but interlinked reforms:
The decision to progress these reforms have been informed by the Design Report recommendations that was provided to Government earlier this year following extensive industry consultation. The Design Report details 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, Paul Meyerkort, Public Utilities Office on (08) 6551 1085 or [email protected].
Last reviewed: 26 June 2018