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

    As announced by the Minister for Energy,  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 published an Issues Paper to assist stakeholders in making submissions on regulatory reform in the NWIS on 14 November 2017.  

    The Issues Paper provides 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 were invited from interested stakeholders on the Issues Paper provided below: 

    The following submissions were received in response to the Issues Paper:  

    The presentation slides from the Stakeholder Reference Group forum held on 11 December 2017 are provided below: 

    The Public Utilities Office is currently developing a Design Paper, which will be published in mid-January 2018 and seek a second round of stakeholder feedback. 

    Contact for further information

    All enquiries on the NWIS Regulatory Reform 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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