Rule Changes: Open

Transmission Connection and Planning Arrangements

Reference:
ERC0192
Stage:
Preparation of Final Determination
Proponents:
COAG Energy Council
Project Leader:
Claire Richards
Date initiated:
26-Nov-2015
Overview

On 24 November 2016, the AEMC published a draft rule determination on the Transmission Connections and Planning Arrangements rule change request. The draft rule sets out significant changes to the arrangements by which parties connect to the transmission network, as well as changes to enhance how transmission network businesses plan their networks.

On 24 November 2016, the AEMC published a draft rule determination on the Transmission Connections and Planning Arrangements rule change request. The draft rule sets out significant changes to the arrangements by which parties connect to the transmission network, as well as changes to enhance how transmission network businesses plan their networks.

Extension of time for making a final determination

On 9 March 2017 the Commission extended the period of time to make a final determination on the rule change request until 23 May 2017. The Commission considered that an extension was necessary to work through stakeholder feedback on specific aspects of the draft rule. The revised timeline for the project is set out in the table below.

Draft determination

The draft rule seeks to improve transparency, contestability and clarity in the transmission connections framework while maintaining clear accountability for outcomes on the shared transmission network that affect consumers. It also seeks to enhance the efficiency of existing transmission planning arrangements and promote a more coordinated approach to transmission planning. These changes will provide for a comprehensive and coherent transmission connection and planning framework in the NEM.

The draft rule is a more preferable draft rule, but is broadly consistent with the intention of the proposals put forward in the COAG Energy Council’s rule change request.

The proposed changes to connection arrangements would not apply to Victoria, where the regulatory regime for transmission connections is overseen by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). However, the proposed changes to the planning arrangements would apply in Victoria.

Submissions on the draft determination and draft rule closed on 27 January 2017 and are available below.

Consultation paper on savings and transitional arrangements

On 12 January 2017, the AEMC published a consultation paper on the proposed savings and transitional arrangements to give effect to the draft rule. Submissions on the paper closed 10 February 2017 and are available below.

Consultation and timeline

Stakeholders wishing to meet with the AEMC should contact Claire Richards at 02 8296 7878 or claire.richards@aemc.gov.au.

The timeline to date, and next steps for this rule change, are set out below.

 

Milestone

Planned date

Publication of consultation paper

26 November 2015

Close of submissions on consultation paper

28 January 2016

Stakeholder workshop 1 – connections (Sydney)

9 March 2016

Stakeholder workshop 2 – planning (Melbourne)

21 April 2016

Publication of discussion paper

26 May 2016

Public forum on discussion paper - Sydney

16 June 2016

Close of submissions on discussion paper

30 June 2016

Additional stakeholder workshops

July – September 2016

Publication of draft rule determination

24 November 2016

Stakeholder meetings

December 2016 – March 2017

Publication of consultation paper on proposed savings and transitional arrangements

12 January 2017

Close of submissions on draft rule determination

27 January 2017

Close of submissions on consultation paper on proposed savings and transitional arrangements

10 February 2017

Publication of final rule determination

 23 May 2017

Background

On 27 July 2015, the COAG Energy Council made a request to the AEMC to make a rule regarding transmission connection and planning arrangements.

The rule change request is largely based on the connection and planning recommendations made by the AEMC in its Transmission Frameworks Review.
 

Consultation paper and extension of time for the draft determination

In November 2015, the AEMC published a consultation paper to facilitate consultation on the key issues raised by this rule change request. 11 submissions were received. These submissions can be found below.

In March 2016 the AEMC extended the period of time for making a draft rule determination on the rule change request until 24 November 2016. The AEMC determined that an extension was necessary due to the complexity and broad scope of the issues raised by the rule change request, affecting many areas of the National Electricity Rules (NER). The extended timeframe enabled the AEMC to publish a discussion paper for stakeholder comment and hold a public forum on the connection aspects of the rule change request.

Discussion paper

In May 2016, the AEMC published a discussion paper on the connections aspects of the rule change request. 14 submissions were received. These submissions can be found below.

The AEMC held a public forum on the discussion paper in Sydney in June 2016. The agenda and presentations from the forum are available below.

 

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Documentation

Draft determination and draft rule

Submissions on draft determination and draft rule

Proposed savings and transitional arrangements

Submissions on proposed savings and transitional arrangements

AEMC Documents

Presentation from the Public Forum

Submissions

Proposal Documents

AEMC Documents

Submissions