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


TPM submissions closing today – cross-submission opportunity

Submissions on the Transmission Pricing Methodology: 2019 Issues Paper close today at 5.00pm. Submissions will be published on the Authority’s website. 

There is an opportunity for stakeholders to make cross-submissions until 5.00pm Thursday, 31 October 2019. The Issues Paper and information on making submissions are available here

All submissions, including cross-submissions, will be published on the Authority’s website. If you consider the Authority should not publish any part of your submission or cross-submission, please clearly indicate which information should not be published, explain why, and provide a version of your submission or cross-submission that can be published for the Authority’s consideration.

Please note all submissions and cross-submissions received, including any parts that are not published, can be requested and may be released under the Official Information Act 1982. 
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Submissions on December 2018 under-frequency event consultation

We received three submissions on the December 2018 under-frequency event consultation. The submissions are available on our website. 

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Authority wraps up second round of engagement on ACCES project

The Authority has concluded a second phase of industry engagement as part of the Additional consumer choice of electricity services (ACCES) project, which seeks to enable greater consumer uptake of electricity services. 
The discussions focused on industry views on a potential regulatory model to enable the delivery of multiple electricity services to consumers.

We spoke to start-ups, consumer advocates, retailers, gentailers, metering equipment providers, distributors, and market operation service providers.

These organisations shared their views on the viability of the potential model, its potential benefits and pitfalls. They also shared their views on whether a pilot of the model could deliver proof of concept for the delivery of multiple electricity services. 

We have now published a summary of the discussions, along with the materials provided to interview participants.
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Amendments to EIEPs come into force today

The amendments to Electricity Information Exchange Protocols (EIEPs) 1-4, 5B, 6-9, 11, and 12 are now in 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.
Traders and distributors are expected to use version 11 of the regulated EIEPs from 1 October 2019, unless agreed otherwise under clause 12A.14(3) of Part 12A of the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010.

You can send your EIEP questions to
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Appointment of IPAG and MDAG members

The Authority has appointed members to the Innovation and Participation Advisory Group (IPAG) and the Market Development Advisory Group (MDAG) for three-year terms ending 30 September 2022. These appointments follow the terms ending for three IPAG members and four MDAG members on 30 September 2019, the resignation of James Tipping from MDAG, and the resignation of Stephen Peterson from IPAG once the IPAG has completed its access to input services project.

The Authority has re-appointed Luke Blincoe, Allan Miller and Tim Rudkin to IPAG, and appointed new IPAG members Corrie Stobie and Scott Willis. They join existing members of the IPAG John Hancock (Chair), Rosalind Archer, Glenn Coates, Terry Paddy, Stephen Peterson, and Roxanne Salton.

The Authority has re-appointed Stu Innes to MDAG and appointed new MDAG members Paul Baker, Andrew Kerr, Ann Whitfield and Al Yates. They join existing members of the MDAG Tony Baldwin (Chair), James Flannery, James Flexman, and Rebecca Osborne.

We thank everyone who put their name forward for advisory group membership. We also thank the members whose terms have ended for their valuable contributions.

We will publish biographies of the new members soon. 

MDAG meeting papers published

We have published papers from the MDAG meeting held on 4 September 2019. The focus at this meeting was on discussing a draft of the MDAG’s trading conduct discussion paper and approach to consultation. The group also discussed its draft operating procedures document.
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Survey about the removal of South Island-only official conservation campaigns – reminder

On 3 September 2019, we released a survey about the removal of South Island-only official conservation campaigns (OCCs). We encourage you to respond before the deadline of 5.00pm on Monday, 7 October.

An OCC is when Transpower (as the system operator) asks consumers to voluntarily reduce their electricity usage due to low storage in hydro-electric lakes. OCCs can be triggered for the South Island only or for the whole country. We believe there is a case to remove South Island-only OCCs, and are now inviting stakeholders to tell us whether they agree.
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Current consultations

Transmission Pricing Methodology: 2019 Issues Paper 

Ending: 01/10/2019 5pm

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Survey about the removal of South Island-only official conservation campaigns

Ending: 07/10/2019 5pm

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Default Distributor Agreement consultation paper

Ending: 15/10/2019 5pm

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Code Review Programme September 2019 

Ending: 05/11/2019 5pm

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Consultation calendar

View our high-level consultation calendar
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