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Delivering key distribution sector regulatory reform – work programme published

The Electricity Authority Te Mana Hiko is looking at how to improve the regulatory settings for distribution networks, so they better support the electricity sector’s transition to a low-emissions economy.

We have published an indicative timeframe and work programme for the next 2 years which outlines the projects we've identified as being most effective at reforming distribution regulatory settings. It includes a prioritisation framework and timeframe for when industry can expect to see regulatory change proposals.

Our plan focuses on four areas:

  • Improved monitoring of the distribution sector to create a fuller picture of what information already exists and the challenges faced by distribution networks
  • Better access and use of data and information to understand what’s happening on the low voltage networks and drivers of congestion
  • Looking at market settings to ensure they encourage participation, innovation, investment and coordination
  • Ensuring the regulatory system keeps pace with the volume, size and complexity of distributed generation and demand response applications, so Aotearoa New Zealand can realise the full value of distributed energy resources.

Our outcomes framework provides certainty to stakeholders and industry about our plans, which complement work being undertaken by the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment and the Commerce Commission.

The distribution sector has a critical role to play in decarbonisation. We want to make sure the rules enable innovation, promote competition and consumer choice in contestable markets such as flexibility services, and maintain reliability and security of supply.

Read our indicative work programme

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