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Annual Report 2014/2015 Utilities Commission



Annual Report 2014/2015 Utilities Commission

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35 Electricity Licensed electricity entities are obliged to comply with applicable codes, rules, protocols and standards, and to notify the Commission of a material breach as soon as reasonably practicable after becoming aware of the breach occurring. The following codes made by the Commission were in effect, as at 30 June 2015: Electricity Ring-fencing Code, which aims to ensure monopoly businesses in regulated industries affiliated to contestable businesses do not discriminate against a competitor of that affiliated business, or financially or competitively advantage that affiliated business or financially or competitively advantage that affiliated business to the detriment of a competitor of that affiliated business. Electricity Standards of Service Code, which establishes a process by which generation, networks and retail licence holders report against set performance indicators. In addition, the Code provides a process for setting targets for network service providers. In 2013, the Commission approved distribution and transmission network performance target standards applicable to Power and Water from 1 July 2014 to 30 June 2019. Energy Loss Factors Code, which sets out the high-level principles underlying the calculation of the energy loss factors to be used by the System Controller in determining out-of-balance energy supplied or demanded by generators operating in the Territorys electricity supply market. As part of the development of the I-NTEM, the Commission intends to review the Energy Loss Factors Code and develop a guideline for minimum generation capacity in 2016. Guaranteed Service Level (GSL) Code, which establishes a guaranteed service level scheme providing for GSL payments to be made by a network provider to small customers where the supply of electricity and other related services does not meet the pre-determined guaranteed service levels. Electricity Retail Supply Code, which provides the framework and mechanisms for retail competition between retailers for contestable customers. The following codes developed by Power and Water and approved by the Commission were in effect, as at 30 June 2015: SCTC, which sets out the System Controllers competitively neutral operating protocols, arrangements for system security and system dispatch, as well as arrangements for the interruption of supply and investigation and reporting of power system incidents. The Code also provides the rules for the I-NTEM. NTC&PC, which specifies the technical performance requirements of the network and the requirements for coordination between network users and the network operator to achieve these. Water Supply and Sewerage Services Licensed water and sewerage entities are obliged to comply with applicable codes, rules, protocols and standards, and to notify the Commission of becoming aware of a material breach of any applicable regulatory instrument.

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