About the Electricity Commission - archive
The Commission was established following concerns from Government that the existing industry arrangements did not provide for the effective management of the electricity sector and the existing governance arrangements did not ensure security of supply in dry years.
The Commission regulated the operation of the electricity industry and markets (wholesale and retail) by means of the Electricity Governance Rules 2003 and Electricity Governance Regulations 2003, and in accordance with the Electricity Act 1992 and Government energy policy.
The Commission's principal objective, as set out in the Electricity Act 1992, was to ensure that electricity was produced and delivered to all classes of consumers in an efficient, fair, reliable and environmentally sustainable manner. The Commission was also required to promote and facilitate the efficient use of electricity.
The Government Policy Statement on Electricity Governance (GPS) set the objectives and outcomes that the Government expected of the Commission. The GPS called for the Commission to work with stakeholders including consumers, market participants and Government agencies to achieve its objectives. Although the Commission had powers to regulate in order to achieve its aims, the GPS required a high level of stakeholder engagement and consultation to seek mutual solutions.
The Commission was governed by an executive Chair and five other members appointed by the Minister of Energy. The Commission Board members were appointed on the basis of their extensive knowledge of, or experience in, the electricity industry, electricity markets, regulatory processes and public policy.The Commission managed much of the direct operational activity by contracting service providers:
- Clearing Manager
- Information System
- Market Administration
- Pricing Manager
- Reconciliation Manager
- Registry Manager
- System Operator
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