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6 August 2019
Welcome to Market Brief, the Electricity Authority’s weekly update on regulatory and market developments.

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Decision published: Integrating hosting capability into Part 6 of the Code

In September 2018, the Authority consulted on the issues that may be caused by the connection of small-scale distributed generation (SSDG), storage batteries, and electric vehicle in-home chargers to distributors' low voltage networks. Collectively, these technologies are referred to as distributed energy resources (DER).

We have released a decision paper setting out the results of the submissions received and the next steps. An associated summary of submissions will be published shortly.

We have concluded an amendment to Part 6 is required to address the issue and further consultation on proposed Code amendments will follow.
Read decision paper

2018 electricity consumers’ survey released

The Authority regularly surveys electricity consumers as part of its monitoring of the retail market. These surveys ask questions about consumer experiences in the retail electricity market. The sample is split into respondents that switch, respondents that think about switching but don’t switch, and the remainder that do not contemplate switching. 

The 2018 survey is now available on our website.
Read electricity consumers’ survey

Beginner registry user training – expressions of interest sought

The Authority is considering running a training course for registry users in Wellington on 25 and 26 September 2019 and Auckland on 23 and 24 October 2019.

The course is suitable for new registry users and participants wanting to gain knowledge of how the registry and associated processes work. Attendees will engage in hands-on exercises and will receive practical experience in:
  • the operation of the registry
  • the lifecycle of an ICP, including the registry roles of distributor, trader, and metering equipment provider.
We need to set up individual workstations for registry access, so total attendance numbers are limited. Numbers may also be limited by organisation and relevance of the training to the individual.

If you are interested in attending the course, please email your name, contact details, and preferred location to conference@ea.govt.nz by COB Tuesday, 20 August 2019 with ‘registry training’ in the subject line. Please do not book flights and accommodation until you have received confirmation of attendance.

Amendments to EIEPs come into force 1 October 2019

On 1 October 2019, amendments to Electricity Information Exchange Protocols (EIEPs) 1-4, 5B, 6-9, 11, and 12 will come into force. We have made these amendments to:
  • add clarity and consistency to the EIEP formats and business requirements
  • correct content where appropriate
  • enhance usefulness by making some changes to functionality and business requirements.
If you are a trader or distributor, you should discuss these amendments with your technical staff and IT providers. We also encourage you to start modifying your systems to use the amended EIEPs. 

We have set up a webpage with implementation memos and questions asked by participants about the amended EIEPs. The first memo contains up-to-date implementation details and links to the amended EIEPs. You can send any EIEP implementation questions to marketoperations@ea.govt.nz.
Read more about amendments to EIEPs

Spotlight on emerging contestable services project update

The Spotlight on emerging contestable services project – a joint initiative of the Authority and Commerce Commission – is pausing while the Commission focusses on projects with statutory deadlines, including the price-quality path resets for electricity distributors and Transpower. 

The Authority and Commission believe the spotlight project is important, and we appreciate the interest and engagement stakeholders have provided to date. We expect to restart work once the price-quality path resets are complete.

Participant update required: contact lists in the registry

We request that participants review, and if necessary update, the contact lists in the registry. The lists enable the Authority, registry, and participants to help identify the correct contacts within each organisation. The contact lists are split into two different types:
  • a participant contact register: where registry users can view each other’s email addresses. The participant contact register is used by participants and the Authority 
  • email groups: with email addresses only visible to the responsible participant. Email groups are only used by the registry manager and the Authority. 
Participants can update and maintain their contact lists using their organisation supervisor logon. Detailed instructions are in the registry user manual (chapters 16 and 17).
Read registry user manual

Gas Industry Company: Industry Notifications webpage now available

Gas Industry Company (GIC) has provided a page on its website for stakeholders to post industry notifications. GIC advises that:
  • the industry notifications page was developed following requests from stakeholders for an online tool to be made available for posting notifications 
  • the page does not replace, or reflect any outcomes of, the Information Disclosure workstream that GIC is currently undertaking
  • content submitted on the page is the responsibility of submitting organisations and further information on notifications should be requested from submitting parties 
  • users of the page will need to be registered members of the GIC website. 
Visit the webpage

Energy Trader Forum: Paris is just around the corner...

The Energy Trader Forum is hosting its next quarterly meeting at Wharewaka in Wellington on Thursday, 15 August 2019 from 1.30pm to 6.00pm. 

Electricity Authority Board Member Allan Dawson will provide insight into lessons he has learnt from designing, implementing, operating, and evolving energy markets in New Zealand, Singapore, and Australia. Nigel Brunel from meeting sponsor OMF, will host a Q+A session with Hon James Shaw, Minister for Climate Change. They will discuss the Zero Carbon Bill, a Climate Change Commission being established and evolution of the Emissions Trading Scheme. Bruce Thompson from GreenSync will provide insight into how collaboration with industry and government helps to deliver a decentralised energy exchange and flexible, transactive grids. Also lined up is the latest Market Updates which includes a special update from John Connor, the Chief Executive of the Melbourne based Carbon Markets Institute.

This is a must-attend for all those with an interest in energy trading and the energy markets. You can subscribe to the Energy Trader Forum newsletter here to receive full updates or visit the forum webpage to review the agenda and register to attend the August meeting.
Visit the webpage

Current consultations

Draft determinations of the causers of the 13 and 14 December 2018 under-frequency events

Ending: 13/08/2019 5pm

Read more

Recommending class exemptions for specified meter owners and small scale distributed generators

Ending: 03/09/2019 5pm

Read more

Transmission pricing methodology: 2019 Issues Paper

Ending: 01/10/2019 5pm

Read more

Consultation calendar

Download and view our high-level consultation calendar (PDF)
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