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Annual Report 2009-2010 Utilities Commission



Annual Report 2009-2010 Utilities Commission

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15 September 2010 the obligation to provide a coordination agreement by 30 June 2002 was removed, as it was considered to be redundant. 3.20 The schedule of generation plant operated by PWC was also updated. Solar Systems IPP licence 3.21 Solar Power Stations Australia Pty Ltd is part of the Solar Systems Group which was placed under voluntary administration on 7 September 2009. PWC acquired the generation units previously operated by Solar Systems at Hermannsburg, Yuendumu and Lajamanu, as the company had ceased operating. These units are now covered by PWCs generation licence. 3.22 The term of an IPP licence is for so long as the licensee has arrangements in place to sell to an electricity entity holding a (standard) generation licence. As Solar Systems no longer has arrangements in place to sell to an electricity entity holding a (standard) generation licence (i.e. PWC), its licence lapsed. 3.23 There were no other applications for electricity licences, exemptions or variations during the year. Service performance 3.24 The Commission monitors standards and conditions of service and supply and the operations of the electricity supply industry and licensed entities. The Commission may also develop standards of service and supply, and may make codes and rules relating to the conduct or operations of the electricity supply industry or licensed entities, where authorised by legislation. 3.25 The Commission publishes an annual Power System Review, reporting on power system performance during the year, and providing an assessment of the adequacy of the power systems to meet forecast demand in the medium term. The 2008-09 Power System Review was published on 31 March 2010. 3.26 For 2008-09, the Power System Review incorporated the annual reports by PWC on generation and network reliability and customer service required by the Electricity Standards of Service Code and key statistics of the Territory electricity market such as electricity usage, generation capacity and network length. 3.27 The Commission also has a number of reviews underway as part of the priority reform program referred by the Treasurer. They focus on enhancing the information currently provided in relation to service performance and developing incentives for service performance improvement. These reviews are discussed in more detail later in this chapter in reporting on advice provided to the Minister during the year. Highlights of service performance for 2009-10 Generation adequacy

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