Changes to the Network and Retail Exemption Guidelines: How will your electricity on-supply arrangements be impacted?
If you are an electricity on-supplier in Queensland, then the Electricity Network Service Provider – Registration Exemption Guideline (Network Exemption Guideline) and the AER (Retail) Exempt Selling Guideline (Retail Exemption Guideline) regulate the sale of electricity to your customers unless you are an authorised retailer.
On Tuesday, 18 May 2021 the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) released a consultation paper Updating the Network and Retail Exemption Guidelines (Consultation Paper). The Network Exemption Guideline and Retail Exemption Guideline have not been updated since 2018.
The Consultation Paper sets out the AER’s proposed changes to the Retail Exemption Guideline and the Network Exemption Guideline as follows:
It is critical to monitor any changes to the Network Retail Guideline and the Retail Exemption Guideline to ensure that appropriate amendments are made to your practices and, where relevant, agreements with your customers. There are significant penalties that can apply to an on-supplier for not complying with the Retail Network Guidelines.
Submissions on the Consultation Paper must be provided to the AER by 30 June 2021.
We expect to see the draft Network Exemption Guideline and Retail Exemption Guideline in August 2021.