Electricity Networks Access Code Review
The Public Utilities Office is reviewing the operation of the Electricity Networks Access Code 2004. We expect to publish an issues paper and invite public comments in late 2012. We will also contact key industry stakeholders directly to ask for submissions.
The review aims to:
- evaluate the code’s performance in providing access to electricity networks
- identify opportunities to improve access framework for the state’s key electricity networks
- make recommendations to the Western Australian Government based on findings.
This code covers the network owned by Western Power – which is the majority of the South West Interconnected System. In the future the code may also apply to other networks. The code’s purpose is to make sure that:
- any covered networks are managed and expanded efficiently
- electricity generators and retailers can connect to and use the grid on reasonable terms.
The code has not been reviewed since it came into force in 2005.
The review process involves a high level of consultation. The Public Utilities Office is now working on an issues paper. We will ask for feedback on both the initial issues paper, and a draft recommendations paper. Then we will submit a final recommendations paper to the WA Government, which makes final decisions on any amendments.
Western Power has proposed changes to its access arrangement for the third regulatory period. The Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) is currently reviewing Western Power’s proposed revisions and is expected to release a final decision in late 2012. The Public Utilities Office will publish its issues paper at an appropriate time after the release of the ERA’s decision.