This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations make amendments to the Electricity Governance Regulations 2003.
The most important changes are consequential on the addition of Part F to the Electricity Governance Rules (the rules) made by the Minister of Energy in relation to transmission investment and pricing.
The following changes come into force on the 28th day after the date of the notification of the regulations in the Gazette:
to extend the special provisions relating to the Comalco agreements, so that Part F of the rules will not apply to an act or omission of a Comalco party to the extent that the act or omission is necessary to perform an obligation, or to exercise a right or power, under a disclosed provision of a Comalco agreement. Those agreements are listed in the Schedule to the Electricity Governance Regulations 2003:
to require a participant who believes, on reasonable grounds, that it or another participant has breached any rule relating to quality and security in Part F of the rules to notify the Commission as soon as practicable. Currently, regulation 63 requires participants to report breaches of rules relating to quality and security in Part C or G of the rules.
The following changes come into force on 1 April 2008:
the specification of matters that the Rulings Panel must take into account if considering compensation for a breach of the outage protocol in the rules:
the limitation on the liability of Transpower and its customers in relation to breaches of new sections VI and VII of Part F of the rules.
In addition, various changes of a tidy-up nature are made.
Section 172I(4) of the Electricity Act 1992 requires the Electricity Commission to make the Electricity Governance Rules (including Part F) available to the public by making copies of them available—
for inspection, free of charge, at the principal office of the Commission (during ordinary office hours); and
on the Internet in an electronic form that is publicly accessible (at all reasonable times); and
for purchase at a reasonable price.