Annual Report 2014/2015 Utilities Commission
Tabled paper 1571
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18 Although there are privately owned generators operating in the Darwin-Katherine and Alice Springs systems and exporting electricity into those systems, these suppliers generate electricity under contract for Territory Generation rather than selling directly to an electricity retailer. Power and Water is the network service provider and is also responsible for system control and market operations. The Darwin-Katherine, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek networks are not interconnected and are separated by long distances. Electricity supply in regional and remote centres of the Territory is mainly managed by the Territory Government and the service provider (Power and Water) through a contract for service model. The Commission has limited regulatory functions in regional and remote centres. Roles and Functions of the Commission The Commission has the following functions in the electricity supply industry to: perform licensing functions, granting licences to firms to undertake electricity generation, electricity networks, system control and retail operations in the Territory; develop standards of service and supply and make codes and rules relating to the conduct or operations of the electricity supply industry or individual licensed entities; monitor and promote improvement in standards and conditions of service, supply and operations of the electricity supply industry and licensed entities; regulate prices charged by Power and Water for provision of electricity network services (transport of electricity across the network), with this function transferred to the AER from 1 July 2015; regulate charges imposed by the System Controller relating to the operations of system control; monitor and enforce compliance with standards and conditions of service and supply and monitor the operation of and enforce compliance with codes and rules relating to the conduct or operations of the electricity industry or licensed entities; advise the Minister on any matter referred by the Minister; and assist consumers and others with information on the market and regulatory framework. This chapter details the work carried out by the Commission during the 2014-15 financial year in performing these functions. Licensing The Commission issues licences to persons seeking to operate in the Territorys electricity supply industries, in accordance with the provisions of the Electricity Reform Act. The Commission has the power to customise licences and has developed subcategories of licences and combined licences to suit particular circumstances.
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