Recommendations to the Minister - Regulation change - archive
Electricity Governance (Security of Supply) Amendment Regulations 2009
The Electricity Governance (Security of Supply) Regulations (Outage Regulations), referred below, were made on 11 August 2008 in reliance on the urgency provisions in section 172E(3) of the Electricity Act 1992 (Act).
When regulations are made under urgency, section 172E(3) of the Act provided that the Commission was required, within six months, to carry out consultation and an assessment and make a recommendation to the Minister on whether or not the regulations should be revoked, replaced, or amended.
On 14 November 2008, the Commission reviewed and published a consultation paper, which proposed to retain the Outage Regulations, although a number of amendments were proposed.
Following receipt of feedback the Commission concluded that, with further changes, the Outage Regulations should be retained. The following material includes the recommendation and a track changed copy of the Outage Regulations, showing the amendments recommended to the Minister of Energy and Resources.
- Minister Gazette notice - 2 March 2009 - obsolete
- Gazette notice - 18 February 2009 - obsolete
- Recommendation to Minister - obsolete
- Assessment - obsolete
- Proposed regulation changes (track changed) - obsolete
Electricity Governance (Security of Supply) Regulations
The Electricity Governance (Security of Supply) Regulations 2008 were revoked from 1 November 2010 by the Electricity Industry Act 2010.
The Electricity Commission was tasked with ensuring that electricity was produced and delivered in a reliable manner, and that risks relating to security of supply were properly and efficiently managed.
The Government Policy Statement (May 2008) required the Commission to put in place contingency arrangements to provide for the scheduling of outages, including rolling outages in the extreme event that blackouts were required to ensure a balance between supply and demand. The Commission was invited to recommend regulations and rules if required.
The Commission developed and consulted on draft regulations and an associated “Security of Supply Outage Plan” during 2005 and 2006. However, that work was not completed and no recommendation for regulations was made to the Minister of Energy at the time.
Hydro storage remained below the Commission's “minzone” level for some time. Various measures taken to maximise thermal generation capability and increase transmission capability. A national energy savings campaign was in place and some industrial users have voluntarily restrained demand.
On 26 June 2008, in case extremely low inflows occurred and/or a critical plant failed, the Commission recommended regulations (based on the draft regulations prepared in 2005 and 2006) to the Minister as a prudent measure so that the Commission would have been in a better position to manage rolling outages should they be required.
- Gazette notice 17 July 2008 pdf - obsolete
- Recommendation to Minister pdf - obsolete
- Appendix 1 Proposed Electricity Governance (Security of Supply Regulations) pdf - obsolete
- Appendix 2 Proposed Security of Supply Outage Plan (SOSOP) pdf - obsolete
Various Amendments to Electricity Governance Regulations 2003
- Gazette notice 14 February 2008 pdf - obsolete
- Assessment pdf - obsolete
- Assessment for regulations 114(3) and 114A is set out in Section 9 of the interconnection rules consultation paper pdf - obsolete
Ancillary service agents force majeure and limitation of liability
- Gazette notice (Electricity Commission) 1 December 2005 pdf - obsolete
- Assessment pdf - obsolete
- Gazette notice (Minister of Energy) 15 December 2005 pdf - obsolete
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