Utilities Licensing

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Application for a licence to supply non-potable water in the ACT

Updated 10 May 2013

The application for a licence to supply non-potable water in the ACT has been denied.

Notice of the Commission’s decision is available on the ACT Legislation Register at:

Background

On 10 September 2012 The Commission received an application from Roads ACT for a licence to supply non-potable water in the ACT.  In accordance with section 36 of the Utilities Act 2000, the Commission invited submissions from interested parties on the application.  The closing date for submissions was 15 October 2012. A copy of the licence application and submissions received are available below:

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Roads ACT Licence ApplicationPDF121 KB10/09/2012

Submissions

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Submission 1 (16 October 2012) ACTEW WaterPDF472 KB16/10/2012

Licence Variation

On 4 April 2012 GoEnergy Pty Ltd (formerly COzero Retail Pty Ltd) wrote advising the Commission of the Company’s name change and seeking the Commission’s agreement to vary the licences granted to COzero retail Pty Ltd to supply electricity and gas services to reflect the change of name and company details. The Commission varied both licences with effect 24 April 2012.

Notices of the Commission’s decision is available on the ACT Legislation Register at:


Licence Surrender

On 6 October 2011 Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia) wrote to the Commission seeking to surrender its gas supply licence. The Commission has accepted an early surrender of Ausgrid’s gas supply licence effective from 31 October 2011.

Notice of the Commission’s decision is available on the ACT Legislation Register at http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2011-657/default.asp.


Licence Variation

On 19 October 2011 the Commission varied the Electricity Supply Licence and the Gas Supply Licence granted to Country Energy to reflect the change of name of the company to Essential Energy.

Notice of the Commission’s decision is available on the ACT Legislation Register at http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2011-658/default.asp.


Licence Variation

On 15 September 2011 COzero Retail Pty Ltd (formerly Jackgreen (International) Pty Ltd) wrote advising the Commission of the Company’s name change and seeking the Commission’s agreement to vary the licences granted to Jackgreen (International) Pty Ltd to supply electricity and gas services to reflect the change of name and company details. The Commission varied both licences with effect 23 September 2011.

Notice of the Commission’s decision is available on the ACT Legislation Register at http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2011-564/default.asp.


Licence Revocation

Section 42 of the Utilities Act allows the Commission to revoke a utility licence in certain circumstances, including for the non-payment of licence fees. The Commission has decided to revoke Sanctuary Energy’s electricity supply licence effective from 2 September 2011. The decision is a consequence of Sanctuary Energy’s licence fees remaining unpaid for a period greater than 28 days after the due date for payment.

Notice of the Commission’s decision is available on the ACT Legislation Register at http://www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2011-518/default.asp. The Commission has also sent a notice of its decision to all other regulators, the AER and the AEMO.


Licence Surrender

On 8 July 2011 Ausgrid (formerly Energy Australia) wrote to the Commission seeking to surrender its electricity supply licence.  The Commission has accepted an early surrender of Ausgrid’s electricity supply licence effective from 31 July 2011.


Licence Variation

On 23 May 2011 the Commission varied the gas transmission licence of East Australian Pipeline Limited.  The variation updates the address for Service of Licensee in the Reference Schedule, amends clause 4(3) of schedule 1 to the licence to change the requirement to notify the Chief Executive of ACTPLA (the “technical regulator”) in relation to commencing augmentation or major maintenance of transmission infrastructure and makes minor editorial and formatting changes to better reflect the language of the Utilities Act, and to improve the identity of the licence document.


Licence Surrender

On 6 April 2011 Endeavour Energy (formerly Integral Energy) wrote to the Commission seeking to surrender its licence.  The Commission has accepted an early surrender of Endeavour Energy’s electricity supply licence effective from 30 June 2011.


Application for Electricity Supply Licence

The Commission received an application from Diamond Energy Pty Ltd for a licence to supply electricity in the ACT.  In accordance with section 36 of the Utilities Act 2000, the Commission invited submissions from interested parties on the application.

Diamond Energy Pty Ltd’s application may be viewed at the Commission’s office, Level 2, 12 Moore Street, Canberra City, ACT.

Further information can be obtained by phoning the Commission on (02) 6205 0799.


AGL Sales Pty Limited Granted Gas Supply Licence

The Commission has granted AGL Sales Pty Limited a gas supply licence.


Momentum Energy Granted Electricity Supply Licence

The Commission has granted Momentum Energy an electricity supply licence.


Sanctuary Energy Granted Electricity Supply Licence

The Commission has granted Sanctuary Energy an electricity supply licence.


Licence Variations - Gas Connection, Distribution & Supply Licences

The Commission has varied all gas supply licences, and ActewAGL Distribution’s gas distribution and connection licence.  The variations follow the establishment of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) which has subsumed the functions of the Gas Market Company.  The varied licences are available at:

Information on the AEMO can be found at www.aemo.com.au.


Licence Variations - Electricity Connection, Distribution & Supply Licences (GreenPower Offers)

On 25 March 2009, the Commission varied all electricity supply licences.  The variations give effect to the ACT GreenPower Scheme and take account of requirements imposed under the Electricity Feed-in Scheme in relation to electricity supply utilities.  The electricity distribution and connection licence of ActewAGL Distribution was also varied in relation to requirements imposed under the Feed-in Scheme.  An open letter from the Commission to stakeholders regarding the variations is available below.

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Commission letter to stakeholders (25 March 2009)PDF57 KB25/03/2009

Detailed information on the variations is set out in a notifiable instrument (NI2009-174) available through the ACT Government Legislation Register at:
www.legislation.act.gov.au/ni/2009-174/default.asp

Further information on the GreenPower Scheme can be found on the website of the ACT Department of the Environment, Climate Change, Energy and Water at:
www.environment.act.gov.au

Background

On 22 January 2008, the Minister for Environment, Climate Change and Water, Mr Jon Stanhope MLA, directed the Commission to give effect to the GreenPower Scheme through suitable variations to the licence conditions of electricity retailers issued under the Utilites Act 2000 no later than 1 January 2009.  The Commission prepared an Information Paper setting out the elements of the Scheme accompanied by a document with proposed variations to the standard utilities electricity supply licence provisions.  The Commission invited views on the proposed variations to the licence conditions by 24 October 2008.  The Information Paper, Draft Licence Conditions and submissions received are available below.

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
GreenPower Information Paper (September 2008)PDF106 KB-
GreenPower Attachment Draft Licence Conditions (September 2008)PDF65 KB-

Submissions

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Submission 1 (23 October 2008) ACTCOSSPDF87 KB23/10/2008
Submission 2 (24 October 2008) Country EnergyPDF718 KB24/10/2008
Submission 3 (28 October 2008) AGLPDF66 KB28/10/2008
Submission 4 (28 October 2008) ActewAGLPDF871 KB28/10/2008
Submission 5 (29 October 2008) OriginPDF36 KB29/10/2008
Submission 6 (29 October 2008) Energy AustraliaPDF544 KB29/10/2008
Submission 7 (25 November 2008) TRUenergyPDF27 KB25/11/2008

On 8 December 2008, the Minister for the Environment, Climate Change and Water, Mr Simon Corbell MLA, wrote to the Commission advising that he had agreed to move the date of commencement of the Scheme to 1 April 2009 to enable further examination of the proposed licence conditions so there will no longer be any uncertainty as to its intention or its implementation.  On 27 February 2009, the Minister revoked the earlier direction to the Commission and made a new direction which altered some elements of the Scheme.  The direction and accompanying explanatory statement can be accessed throught the ACT Government Legislation Register at:
www.legislation.act.gov.au/di/2009-21/notification.asp


Licence Surrender

On 21 November Energy One Limited wrote to the Commission seeking to surrender its licence.  The Commission has accepted an early surrender of Energy One Limited’s electricity supply licence effective from 18 December 2008.


Compliance Audit Framework

The Commission’s compliance audit framework for utilities licensed in the ACT was agreed in 2005. The compliance audit program supplements the Commission’s annual compliance reporting program. The principal aim of the program is to assess the adequancy of licensees’ internal policies and procedures for managing and monitoring compliance with statutory and licence obligations. A secondary aim is to look in greater detail at the data reported by licensees in the annual compliance reports and the systems used to capture it.

( Document Name Type Size Published date )
Report 14 of 2005: Final Decision - Compliance Audit Framework (November 2005)PDF216 KB-