Proposed regulatory reforms to enable the access rights scheme
The NSW Government consulted, on behalf of the Minister for Energy, with distribution network service providers and transmission network service providers on some of the proposed regulatory reforms outlined in the CWO REZ Access Rights and Scheme Design Position Paper.
Items 1 – 7 in Appendix B of the CWO REZ Access Rights and Scheme Design Position Paper contemplate a regulation to modify and/or disapply provisions of the National Electricity (NSW) Law or the National Electricity Rules to allow the open access regime to be replaced by an access scheme declared by the Minister under the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Act 2020 (EII Act). An excerpt of the proposed regulation is available.
As required by section 27(2) of the EII Act, the NSW Government sought submissions from network service providers on the extent to which these proposed regulatory reforms may affect the operation and safety of network infrastructure.
Formal consultation closed on Thursday 18 August 2022.
CWO REZ Draft Access Scheme Declaration
The NSW Government exhibited the Central-West Orana REZ Draft Access Scheme Declaration for consultation and sought submissions . Submissions are sought from the public from 15 July to 12 August 2022.
The declaration will operationalise the terms and conditions of the CWO REZ access scheme. An access scheme declaration also outlines the procedures for granting access rights, how and when the amount of capacity granted may be increased and sets the duration of access rights.
CWO REZ Access Rights and Scheme Design Position Paper
The NSW Government has published the CWO REZ Access Rights and Scheme Design Position Paper. The Position Paper explains the policy design and purpose of the CWO REZ Draft Access Scheme Declaration and the proposed regulations that will enable the CWO REZ Access Scheme, including modifications to the National Electricity Rules (NER).
The paper also provides an overview of the streamlined REZ connection process option, as well as minimum regulated components of access fees for community and employment purposes.
This paper outlines a set of final positions that represent more than a year of public consultation, expert advice, stakeholder workshops and valuable feedback. The paper includes an overview of how stakeholder feedback received on the December 2021 Consultation Paper has been considered to inform the CWO REZ Access Scheme.
Guidelines for Access Scheme Declarations
In May and June 2022, the NSW Government completed public consultation on draft Guidelines for Access Scheme Declarations.
The Final Guidelines for Access Scheme Declarations provide information on how the Minister will exercise the function of declaring access schemes. They build upon feedback received on the draft Guidelines for Access Scheme Declarations, and on the REZ access rights and scheme design: Central-West Orana consultation paper. We thank all stakeholders for your input and feedback.
We recognise that each REZ will have unique opportunities and challenges. The guidelines are intended to retain flexibility to allow the Minister to declare an access scheme for each REZ that provides the best outcome for local communities and NSW electricity consumers.
The Final Guidelines for Access Scheme Declarations are available online.
Draft guidelines on orders prohibiting connection to network infrastructure in Renewable Energy Zones
EnergyCo welcomed feedback on the ‘Draft guidelines on orders prohibiting connection to network infrastructure in Renewable Energy Zones’. The draft guidelines provide guidance on the purpose and scope of a connection prohibition order made under section 29 of the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Act 2020.
The draft guidelines closed for feedback on Wednesday 29 June 2022.
Policy Papers on Renewable Energy Zone (REZ) Infrastructure Projects
Part 5 of the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Act 2020 (the EII Act) sets out the framework for REZ Network Infrastructure Projects. The NSW Office of Energy and Climate Change (OECC), Energy Corporation of NSW (EnergyCo), the Australian Energy Regulator and AEMO Services Limited (as the Consumer Trustee) have developed three papers to support the implementation of the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap.
Visit the regulatory framework page for further information about these papers.
Competitive Tender Process
AEMO Services Ltd welcomed feedback on the draft LTESA and Project Development Agreement term sheets for generation and long-duration storage. The documents set out the key contractual terms and conditions for the generation and long-duration storage, LTESAs and the construction phase of projects. The term sheets are subject to final approval by the AEMO Services Board. Find more information via the AEMO website.
AEMO Services held an interactive session on Competitive Tender Design, LTESA and REZ access rights on 7 February 2022. The recording of the interactive session is available online, as well as the presentation.
Previous consultation documents relating to the Electricity Infrastructure Roadmap are available on the resources page. For consultation documents relating to the development of regulations under the Electricity Infrastructure Investment Act 2020, please visit the regulatory framework page.