Rule Changes: Completed

Transmission Connection and Planning Arrangements

Reference:
ERC0192
Proponents:
COAG Energy Council
Decision:
Rule made
Amending rule:
4
Commenced:
30-May-2017 , 01-Jul-2018
Amending chapters:
2, 5, 6, 6A, 8, 10, 11
Rule version:
92
Other rule versions:

Overview

On 23 May 2017 the AEMC published a final determination and final rule on the Transmission Connections and Planning Arrangements rule change request. The final 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 23 May 2017 the AEMC published a final determination and final rule on the Transmission Connections and Planning Arrangements rule change request. The final 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. 
 
The final rule does this by improving 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 enhances the efficiency of the transmission planning arrangements and promotes a more coordinated and integrated approach to transmission planning. These changes will provide for a comprehensive and coherent transmission connection and planning framework in the national electricity market.
 
The final rule is a more preferable rule, but is consistent with the intention of the proposals put forward in the rule change request and in the draft rule.
 
The changes to connection arrangements under the final rule will not apply in Victoria, where the regulatory regime for transmission connections is overseen by the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO). However, the changes to the planning arrangements under the final rule will apply in Victoria.
 
The planning aspects of the final rule start on 30 May 2017. The connections aspects of the final rule will start on 1 July 2018. Throughout the rule change process, the AEMC published:
  • a consultation paper
  • a discussion paper on the connections aspects of the rule change request
  • a draft determination and draft rule
  • a consultation paper on proposed savings and transitional arrangements.

These documents, and stakeholder submissions on each document, can be found below.

The AEMC held a public forum on the discussion paper (materials can be found below), and workshops on the rule change request and the draft rule determination. Numerous other bilateral meetings were held with stakeholders. 

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.

 

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Documentation

AEMC Documents

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