The AEMC today published a consultation paper on its review of regulatory arrangements for embedded networks.
Embedded networks are private electricity networks which serve multiple customers and are connected to another distribution or transmission system in the national grid through a parent connection point. Common examples of embedded networks include shopping centres, retirement villages, apartment complexes and caravan parks.
The number of embedded networks has grown significantly in recent years. A range of business models to provide embedded network services are emerging in the market. Technologies such as distributed generation and energy storage are also being incorporated into some embedded networks. These developments bring both opportunities for innovation and potentially new risks for consumers.
With these developments in the market in mind, the review will look at a broad range of issues related to the regulatory framework for embedded networks including whether the current framework remains fit for purpose. The review will also consider barriers to embedded network customers wishing to access competitive retail energy offers and appropriate consumer protection arrangements for embedded network customers.
Submissions on the consultation paper are due by 16 May 2017. In addition to seeking written submissions, we will also be holding stakeholder forums before publishing a draft report and recommendations in September 2017.
For further information, contact:
Communications Manager, Prudence Anderson, 02 8296 7800