Electricity (Commencement of Electricity Governance Board) Order 2003

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Electricity (Commencement of Electricity Governance Board) Order 2003


Note

This order is administered in the Ministry of Economic Development.


Pursuant to section 3 of the Electricity Amendment Act 2001, Her Excellency the Governor-General, acting on the advice and with the consent of the Executive Council and on the recommendation of the Minister of Energy, makes the following order.

1 Title
  • This order is the Electricity (Commencement of Electricity Governance Board) Order 2003.

2 Commencement of Electricity Governance Board provisions

Martin Bell,

Acting for Clerk of the Executive Council.

Explanatory note

This note is not part of the order, but is intended to indicate its general effect.

This order establishes the Electricity Governance Board under the Electricity Act 1992 on 15 September 2003. This Board is sometimes referred to as the Electricity Commission. The order establishes the Board by bringing into force the Electricity Governance Board provisions contained in subpart 1 of Part 15 of the Electricity Act 1992 (as inserted by section 16 of the Electricity Amendment Act 2001).

The principal objective of the Electricity Governance Board under the Electricity Act 1992 is to ensure that electricity is generated, conveyed, and supplied to all classes of consumers in an efficient, fair, reliable, and environmentally sustainable manner.

The existing functions of the Electricity Governance Board under the Electricity Act 1992 are to—

  • (a) formulate and make recommendations concerning electricity governance regulations and rules:

  • (b) administer, monitor compliance with, enforce, and apply penalties or other remedies for contraventions of electricity governance regulations and rules:

  • (c) establish, operate, and facilitate the operation of markets for industry participants:

  • (d) develop best practice distribution pricing methodologies and other standards and model agreements for use by industry participants:

  • (e) provide advice to the Minister on matters concerning the electricity industry:

  • (f) carry out any other functions the Minister of Energy may direct.

The Minister of Energy recommended the making of the Order in Council using the fast-track provisions in section 4(3) of the Electricity Amendment Act 2001, on the grounds that the Minister considers that it is necessary or desirable in the public interest that the Order in Council be made urgently.


Issued under the authority of the Acts and Regulations Publication Act 1989.

Date of notification in Gazette: 14 August 2003.