• Electricity Networks Access Code – Coverage Application

    The Electricity Networks Access Code 2004 (the Code) allows a ‘coverage’ application to be made to the Minister for Energy (the Minister) requesting that the whole or part of an electricity network be covered. If a network is covered then it is regulated and must have an approved access arrangement in place that sets out the undertakings made by the network, including terms, conditions, and price that apply to third parties seeking to use the network.

    Extension of deadline for first round of public submissions

    On 15 September 2017, the Minister published an Issues Paper to assist interested persons in making submissions to Alinta Energy’s application for coverage of Horizon Power’s electricity network in the North West Interconnected System (NWIS).

    The initial deadline for submissions in response to the coverage application and the Issues Paper was 2 October 2017. In accordance with the provisions of the Code, the Minister has extended the deadline for submissions to 16 October 2017.

    Issues Paper – invitation for submissions

    The Issues Paper examines the matters raised in relation to Alinta Energy’s coverage application and outlines the Code’s criteria against which the coverage decision must be made.

    The Minister invites submissions from interested stakeholders on the Issues Paper provided below:

    Submissions must be provided to the Department of Treasury, Public Utilities Office by 5:00pm (WST) on
    16 October 2017.

    Electronic copies of submissions are preferred and can be emailed to [email protected].

    Alternatively, written submissions can be sent to:

    Attn: Mr Noel Ryan
    Acting Director Energy Networks
    Public Utilities Office
    Department of Treasury
    Locked Bag 11
    Cloisters Square WA 6850

    Coverage application received

    On 4 August 2017, the Minister received an application from Alinta Energy to have the portion of the North West Interconnected System (NWIS) owned and operated by Horizon Power covered by the Code. The NWIS is a regional electricity network in the Pilbara region.

    Alinta Energy’s coverage application is available below:

    Under section 3.5 of the Code, the Minister must approve a coverage application if the following criteria are met: 

    • access to covered services on the network would promote a material increase in competition in at least one market other than the market for the covered services provided by the network;
    • it would be uneconomic to develop another network to provide the covered services; and
    • access to the covered services would not be contrary to the public interest.

    The Code also requires the Minister to have regard to the geographical location of the network and the extent (if any) to which the network is interconnected with other networks.

    The Code determines the process that the Minister must follow in assessing a coverage application. It establishes stages for public consultation and timeframes for decision-making by the Minister.

    Contact for further information

    As part of its function, the Public Utilities Office is assisting the Minister in assessing the coverage application. All information on the coverage application will be available from this webpage.

    All enquiries on the coverage application process should be directed to:

    Mr Noel Ryan, Acting Director Energy Networks, Public Utilities Office on (08) 6551 4668 or [email protected].

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