This note is not part of the regulations, but is intended to indicate their general effect.
These regulations, which come into force on the 28th day after the date of their notification in the Gazette, amend the Electricity Governance (Security of Supply) Regulations 2008 (the Security of Supply Regulations). Those regulations provide for the management and co-ordination of outages for security of electricity supply purposes under section 172D(1)(14) of the Electricity Act 1992.
The Security of Supply Regulations require the Electricity Commission to prepare and publish a security of supply outage plan. The amendments in these regulations enable the Electricity Commission to require certain electricity industry participants (namely, electricity distributors, electricity retailers, line owners, and persons who use electricity directly from the grid) to prepare participant outage plans that will supplement the Commission's security of supply outage plan. For example, the participant outage plans must specify the actions that the participant will take to achieve or contribute to achieving reductions in the consumption of electricity, for the period during which a supply shortage declaration is in force, to comply with a direction from the Commission.
Also, the amendments in these regulations remove the offence for failing to comply with Commission directions (which was previously in regulation 12). Instead, new regulation 16 provides that breaches of the Security of Supply Regulations are enforceable under the Electricity Governance Regulations 2003 in the same way as breaches of electricity governance rules.