Enabling investment and innovation
Default distributor agreements
The main purpose of default distributor agreements is to promote competition in the retail electricity market and promote the efficient operation of the electricity industry.
In July 2020, we amended the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010 to introduce templates containing default terms that make it easier for distributors and traders to enter contracts for distribution services, data exchange and dividend payments.
We consider improvements can be made to two of these templates – the default distributor agreement (DDA) template and the consumption data template.
Our proposed improvements would address higher-than-necessary costs currently faced by distributors, and by traders who are retailers wanting to trade on distributors’ networks.
3 October - 14 November 2023Consultation —Default distributor agreement and consumption data templatesView consultation
16 June 2020Decision —
Amend the Code to introduce default terminology on distributor and retailer agreements
4 November 2019Correspondence —
Relating to the 2019 DDA consultation
17 September 2019Event —
Stakeholder briefings: Neutral Part 12A
19 August to 15 October 2019Consultation —Default Distributor Agreement Code amendmentView consultation
13 March 2019Development —
Our right to introduce a DDA. The appeal is allowed in part.
30 November 2018Court decision —
Partial decision on the Authority’s right to introduce a DDA. Allows us to proceed with DDA proposal.
31 July 2017High court judgement —
The High Court rejects Vector’s arguments that the Authority does not have power to introduce a DDA. The Court found the Authority has a broad power to amend the Code.
25 November 2016Consultation —
23 March 2016Event —
MEUG update: Two distribution focused initiatives
26 January to 19 April 2016Consultation —
In 2012 the Electricity Authority finalised a new model use-of-system agreement to facilitate more standardised agreement or to enable alternative methods of standardisation to improve retail competition and efficiency.
We noticed that retailers and distributors were having issues with singular use-of-system agreements as specified in the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010. These specific agreements required negotiation and incurred costs and time to finalise contracts and agreements.
A singular default distributor agreement system would significantly reduce the time and effort for retailers and distributors to finalise an agreement for operations on their network.
Throughout the consultation process, we engaged with retailers and distributors to develop policy and amendments to the Code that outline standardised agreement terms between retailers and distributors. These agreements being standardised, result in more efficient outcomes for consumers and a lower cost and effort for distributors and retailers to negotiate contracts.
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