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3 December 2019
Welcome to Market Brief, the Electricity Authority’s weekly update on regulatory and market developments.


ACCES Quick wins technical consultation submissions published

In November 2019, the Authority released a technical consultation paper seeking feedback on alterations to clause 11.32E of the Electricity Industry Participation Code 2010, and proposed changes to EIEPs 13A, 13B, and 13C. Submissions closed on 19 November 2019.

The Authority received six submissions on the paper. The submissions are now available on our website.
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Open Networks forum presentations published

Thanks to everyone who attended the Open Networks forum on 19 November 2019. The presentations are now available on our website. 

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Utility Regulators Forum (URF)

On 22 November, the Authority hosted the Utility Regulators Forum. The Forum is a collection of predominantly Australian regulators who meet on a regular basis to discuss issues, share experiences and learn from one another. 

This is the first time the Authority has hosted the Forum and it was an excellent opportunity to network and discuss opportunities and challenges. 

The forum comprised presentations and panel discussions with a focus on the future, regulators’ social license and authorising environment, and putting customers at the centre of decision-making. The consistent themes were on building trust, demonstrating relevance and improving customer outcomes.

This naturally extended to a discussion about compliance and enforcement and regulators holding businesses to account on behalf of customers. There was also general agreement that we must continue to evolve, shift our thinking and try innovative approaches to solving problems.

The last session focused on organisational strategy and engagement – making sure we have the right systems and capability to engage more and with a broader audience, while at the same time avoiding engagement fatigue.

Security and Reliability Council papers published

We have published papers from the Security and Reliability Council (SRC) meeting on 24 October 2019. At the meeting, the SRC discussed:

  • transmission and generation capacity security
  • performance of the system operator
  • the Electricity Price Review
  • Waikato voltage stability
  • gas industry information disclosure
  • the Electricity (Hazards from Trees) Regulations 2003
  • a power system event in South Australia in August 2018 that included implications for inverter standards.
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HVDC outages in early 2020

Major outages of the HVDC poles are scheduled for January to April 2020. Due to the extended period of these outages the system operator has created a webpage with useful information and links related to the outages.

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Transpower’s market insights

Transpower’s Market Insights team supports the operation of the wholesale electricity market, helps implement market initiatives, and investigates how future market developments may impact system operations. A market summary with new types of information and links to information posted elsewhere on Transpower’s website is published weekly. 

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Current consultations

Integrating hosting capacity into Part 6 of the Code

Ending 03/12/2019 5.00pm

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Saves and win-backs Code amendment consultation paper 2019

Ending 03/12/2019 5.00pm

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2020/21 Levy-funded appropriations

Ending 03/12/2019 5.00pm

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Switch Process Review - Issues with the ICP switching processes and possible options to address these issues

Ending 17/12/2019 5.00pm

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Consultation calendar

View our high-level consultation calendar
Level 7, Harbour Tower, 2 Hunter Street, PO Box 10041, Wellington 6143, New Zealand
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