• Improving access to, and operation of, the Pilbara electricity network

    The Western Australian Government intends to implement a light handed regulatory regime to facilitate fair and reasonable access by third parties to Horizon Power’s network in the North West Interconnected System (NWIS).

    The focus of this reform initiative is to implement a fit-for-purpose regulatory regime that can deliver better outcomes for electricity consumers in the Pilbara region and assist in driving regional development.

    The Public Utilities Office has been requested to prepare a detailed proposal on the design of a new regulatory framework and associated arrangements for an independent system operator for the Government’s consideration by March 2018.

    The reform proposal and implementation plan will be developed by the Public Utilities Office through extensive stakeholder engagement and consultation. 

    Issues Paper – Invitation for Submissions

    The Public Utilities Office has published an Issues Paper to assist stakeholders in making submissions on regulatory reform in the NWIS.  

    The Issues Paper is intended to provide guidance on matters relevant to the NWIS, with regard to: 

    • a light handed regulatory framework for the NWIS that provides a more suitable alternative to that currently in the Access Code, with a focus on the Horizon Power coastal network; and
    • an independent system operator to enhance security of the whole network, manage ancillary services and network planning.  

    Submissions are invited 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 4 December 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, Electricity Networks
    Public Utilities Office
    Department of Treasury
    Locked Bag 11
    Cloisters Square WA 6850

    Contact for further information

    All enquiries on the coverage application process should be directed to Mr Noel Ryan, Acting Director, Electricity Networks, Public Utilities Office on (08) 6551 4668 or [email protected].

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