Electricity Distribution Network Code

Status
In effect
Final report
31/08/2018

The Electricity Distribution Network Code sets out rules for retailers and distributors in Queensland. The Code includes rules on: management of distribution businesses (including guaranteed service level payments to customers), metering practices, and services between retailers and distributors.

The third edition of the Code took effect on and from 31 August 2018. Version 3 changed the due date for Energex and Ergon Energy to prepare the Distribution Annual Planning Reports from 30 September to 31 December each year. The amendment was requested by Energy Queensland to maintain a one month gap between the due date for the reports and the due date for Energy Queensland’s regulatory proposals to the Australian Energy Regulator. The change was gazetted 31 August 2018.

The second edition of the Code took effect on and from 5 January 2018. A new section 5.1.2(d) was added, which states that chapter 5 of the Code (Metering) also applies to all metering coordinators appointed for metering installations. Chapter 5 was updated accordingly to account for metering installations and metering coordinators. The changes follow the competition in metering services rule that commenced across the National Electricity Market on 1 December 2017. The rule was introduced to facilitate a market-led deployment of advanced meters. The competition in metering rule involved significant amendments to the National Electricity Rules and the National Energy Retail Rules. Version two was gazetted on 5 January 2018.

This initial edition of the Code took effect on and from 1 July 2015, when the Electricity Distribution Network Code replaced the former Electricity Industry Code.

Current version of the Electricity Distribution Network Code

Version 3 of the Electricity Distribution Network Code came into force from 31 August 2018. Version 3 changed the due date for the distributors’ annual planning reports (clause 2.2) from 30 September to 31 December each year. The change meant that the distributors’ timeframes for submitting their regulatory proposals to the Australian Energy Regulator for 2020-25 aligned with the annual planning report timeframe.

No changes to Annexure A were made as part of the adoption of Version 3 of the code.

Version 4 of the code reflects changes recommended by the QCA in the final report of the review of the GSL scheme. The final report was published in March 2019 and is available on the review of of GSLs page of the website. Version 4 will come into effect on and from 1 July 2020.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
31 August 2018 Electricity Distribution Network Code – Version 3 pdf, 965.62 Kb

Electricity Distribution Network Code – Version 2

Version 2 of the Electricity Distribution Network Code came into force from 5 January 2018. Version 2 amended chapters 5 and 6 of the code to align terminology and concepts to the AEMC Metering Rule Change without applying the competitive arrangements for metering.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
05 January 2018 Submission Electricity Distribution Network Code Version 2 pdf, 1.07 Mb
05 January 2018 Submission Electricity Distribution Network Code Version 2 – Annexure A pdf, 594.60 Kb

Electricity Distribution Network Code – Version 1

Version 1 of the Electricity Distribution Network Code replaced the Electricity Industry Code and came into force from 1 July 2015.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
17 December 2015 Submission Electricity Distribution Network Code Version 1 pdf, 417.34 Kb
01 July 2015 Submission Electricity Distribution Network Code Version 1 – Annexure A pdf, 594.60 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 17

Version 17 of the Code introduced a new requirement for retailers to notify small customers when their fixed benefit periods are due to expire.

On 17 October 2013, we received a request to amend the Code from the Minister for Energy and Water Supply to require retailers to:

  • remind customers that their fixed-term benefits are about to expire
  • obtain explicit informed consent from customers to apply new benefits following the expiry of a fixed benefit period.

On 22 November 2013, we released an interim consultation notice and received five submissions in response. On 20 March 2014, we published our draft decision and received five submissions in response.

On 19 June 2014 we published our final decision which proposed amendments to the Code to require retailers to notify customers when their fixed benefit periods are due to expire. The final decision did not support requiring retailers to obtain explicit informed consent before they can apply new benefits.

The Minister approved version 17 of the Code on 16 July 2014, and it came into effect on 25 July 2014.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
20 June 2014 Final Decision – Proposed amendments to customer notification and consent provisions pdf, 1.18 Mb
20 June 2014 Electricity Industry Code Version 17 (showing marked changes) pdf, 1.89 Mb
25 July 2014 Electricity Industry Code version 17 pdf, 1.49 Mb
25 July 2014 Electricity Industry Code version 17 – Annexure A pdf, 520.65 Kb
25 July 2014 Electricity Industry Code version 17 – Annexure B pdf, 676.42 Kb
25 July 2014 Electricity Industry Code version 17 – Annexure C pdf, 696.90 Kb
Date
Title Document
20 March 2014 Draft Decision – Proposed amendments to customer notification and consent provisions pdf, 1.18 Mb
Date
Title Document
16 February 2017 Submission Aurizon Network 2016-17 Adjustment Charges submission pdf, 71.88 Kb
24 April 2014 EnergyAustralia – submission to the draft decision pdf, 94.34 Kb
24 April 2014 Lumo Energy – submission to the draft decision pdf, 418.01 Kb
24 April 2014 Origin Energy – submission to the draft decision pdf, 93.71 Kb
24 April 2014 QCOSS – submission to the draft decision pdf, 163.41 Kb
24 April 2014 Queensland Consumers Association – submission to the draft decision pdf, 136.22 Kb
Date
Title Document
10 November 2013 Interim Consultation Notice – Proposed amendments to customer notification and consent provisions pdf, 392.38 Kb
Date
Title Document
13 January 2014 AGL – submission to interim consultation notice pdf, 33.60 Kb
04 January 2014 EnergyAustralia – submission to interim consultation notice pdf, 34.64 Kb
13 January 2014 Origin Energy – submission to interim consultation notice pdf, 104.22 Kb
08 January 2014 Queensland Consumers Association – submission to interim consultation notice pdf, 45.74 Kb
13 January 2014 QCOSS – submission to interim consultation notice pdf, 311.73 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 16

Version 16 of the Code removes distributor Minimum Service Standard (MSS) requirements.

On 3 April 2014, we received a letter from the Minister for Energy and Water Supply advising that the Government had decided to implement distributor MSS through distribution authorities and existing provisions of the Electricity Act 1994 (Qld), as recommended by the Independent Review Panel on network costs.

In order to avoid duplication, the Minister proposed removing MSS provisions from the Code. As this matter had already been the subject of public consultation through the 30 year electricity strategy process and our MSS and guaranteed service level review, we considered the amendments were uncontroversial and could be made without consultation, as allowed under section 120PA of the Electricity Act.

Version 16 of the Code was gazetted on 23 May 2014 and took effect on and from 1 July 2014.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
17 January 2018 Electricity Industry Code Version 16 (showing marked up changes) pdf, 1.77 Mb
03 April 2014 Letter from Minister for Energy and Water Supply proposing amendments to the Electricity Industry Code pdf, 1.73 Mb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 15

Version 15 of the Code introduces new requirements for retailers to include solar feed-in tariff information on price fact sheets and for the QCA to publish information on solar feed-in tariff offers on its price comparator.

As allowed under Section 120PA of the Electricity Act, we did not consult on these amendments, because we were of the view that they were unlikely to be controversial or to materially detriment anyone’s interests as similar requirements are already in place under the National Energy Customer Framework (NECF).

Version 15 of the Code was approved by the Minister for Energy and Water Supply on 22 April 2014, and came into effect from 26 May 2014.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
20 March 2014 Minister’s Code amendment proposal pdf, 512.25 Kb
31 March 2014 Electricity Industry Code version 15 (showing marked up changes) pdf, 1.75 Mb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 14

Version 14 of the Code allows for distributors to use a Meter Switch Seal – where the main switch is turned off and a removable sticker is placed over the switch – as a means of disconnecting customers in multi-occupancy dwellings, provided they compensate retailers for unbilled electricity.

In addition, a number of miscellaneous amendments were made to correct minor errors, and remove sections of the Code that were redundant.

Version 14 of the Code was approved by the Minister for Energy and Water Supply on 18 December 2013, and came into effect on 6 January 2014.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
29 November 2013 Version 14 (showing marked changes) pdf, 1.76 Mb
29 November 2013 Final decision pdf, 5.01 Mb
Date
Title Document
06 September 2013 Requested Amendments to the Electricity Industry Code Customer Disconnection Provisions pdf, 3.62 Mb
Date
Title Document
14 June 2013 Draft Report – Requested Amendments to the Electricity Industry Code Customer Disconnection Provision pdf, 4.20 Mb
15 July 2013 Submission – AGL Energy Limited pdf, 113.34 Kb
15 July 2013 Submission – Energex Limited pdf, 262.87 Kb
15 July 2013 Submission – Ergon Energy Corporation Limited pdf, 202.61 Kb
15 July 2013 Submission – Lumo Energy pdf, 390.82 Kb
15 July 2013 Submission – Origin Energy pdf, 82.67 Kb
15 July 2013 Submission – QEnergy pdf, 200.79 Kb
Date
Title Document
15 March 2013 Requested Amendments to the Code – Customer Disconnection Provisions pdf, 3.52 Mb
Date
Title Document
15 May 2013 Submission – AGL Energy Limited pdf, 87.18 Kb
15 May 2013 Submission – EnergyAustralia pdf, 91.81 Kb
15 May 2013 Submission – Energy Retailers Association of Australia pdf, 268.19 Kb
15 May 2013 Submission – Energy Retailers Association of Australia Attachment 1 pdf, 767.74 Kb
15 May 2013 Submission – Ergon Energy Corporation Limited pdf, 206.85 Kb
15 May 2013 Submission – Origin Energy pdf, 70.06 Kb
15 May 2013 Submission – QCOSS pdf, 475.10 Kb
15 May 2013 Submission – Simply Energy pdf, 467.19 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 13

Version 13 of the Code removes the requirement for distributors to prepare Network Management Plans and Summer Preparedness Plans.

On 20 December 2012, the Minister for Energy and Water Supply requested that we consider amending the Code to reduce potential duplication with the National Electricity Rules. From 1 January 2013, the National Electricity Rules require distributors to prepare a Distribution Annual Planning Report (DAPR) each year, which is similar in nature to the NMP.

As allowed under Section 120PA of the Electricity Act , we did not consult on these amendments, primarily because we were of the view that they were unlikely to be controversial or to materially detriment anyone’s interests given the extensive consultation that the Australian Energy Market Commission undertook when developing the DAPR requirements.

Version 13 of the Code was approved by the Minister for Energy and Water Supply on 26 February 2013.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
01 November 2013 Version 13 (showing marked changes) pdf, 1.80 Mb
Date
Title Document
01 November 2013 Version 13 Annexure A pdf, 679.44 Kb
15 February 2013 Version 13 Annexure B (marked changes) pdf, 868.42 Kb
15 February 2013 Version 13 Annexure C (marked changes) pdf, 716.95 Kb
15 February 2013 Code change request from Minister pdf, 659.53 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 12

Version 12 of the Code includes numerous changes that bring it into line with the requirements of the National Energy Customer Framework (NECF).

As allowed under Section 120PA of the Electricity Act , we did not consult on these amendments, primarily because we were of the view that they were urgent, and also because they were unlikely to be controversial or to materially detriment anyone’s interests relative to arrangements under the NECF, which have been consulted on widely.

Version 12 of the Code was approved by the Minister for Energy and Water Supply on 28 June 2012.

Report and paper

Date
Title Document
28 July 2012 EIC Version 12 (showing marked changes) pdf, 611.06 Kb
28 July 2012 EIC Version 12 Annexure A (showing marked changes) pdf, 137.39 Kb
16 July 2012 EIC Version 12 Annexure B (showing marked changes) pdf, 138.33 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 11

Version 11 of the Code implements the 2011 recommendations of the Electricity Network Capital Program Review to flat-line Energex’s Minimum Service Standards at the 2011-12 levels.

As allowed under Section 120PA of the Electricity Act, we did not consult on these amendments because we were of the view that they were urgent, uncontroversial and did not materially detriment anyone’s interests.

Version 11 of the Code was approved by the Minister on 21 May 2012 and came into effect on 15 June 2012.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
27 June 2012 EIC Version 11 (showing marked up changes) pdf, 626.73 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 10

Version 10 of the Code includes a number of changes to remove any areas of overlap or conflict between the Code and the Australian Consumer Law. It also includes a number of other minor amendments to reflect changes to organisation names and to update references to policies.

Version 10 of the Code was approved by the Minister and came into effect from 26 August 2011.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
27 August 2011 EIC Version 10 (showing marked up changes) pdf, 767.37 Kb
27 August 2011 Submission EIC Version 10 Annexure A – showing marked up changes pdf, 184.30 Kb
27 August 2011 Submission EIC Version 10 Annexure B – showing marked up changes pdf, 160.74 Kb
27 August 2011 Submission EIC Version 10 Annexure C – showing marked up changes pdf, 166.93 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 9

Version 9 of the Code includes a number of minor administrative changes to the Code.

As allowed under Section 120PA of the Electricity Act, we did not consult on these amendments because we were of the view that they were urgent and/or uncontroversial and/or did not materially detriment anyone’s interests.

Version 9 of the Code was approved by the Minister and came into effect from 1 July 2011.

Report and papers

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Title Document
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Electricity Industry Code – Version 8

In November 2010, we released new Guidelines for Credit Support arrangements to apply between Queensland’s electricity retailers and distributors. The guidelines are provided for in the Electricity Act rather than in the Code.

In Version 8 of the Code, the obsolete credit support arrangements which were contained in clause 12 of the Standard Coordination Agreement (Annexure C to the Code) have been removed. The amendments involved:

  • the deletion of clause 12 “Retailer’s performance security”, which contains the soon to be redundant credit support arrangements;
  • the deletion of clause 13.2 “Distributor may terminate”, which provides for a distributor to terminate the coordination agreement with a retailer where a retailer fails to provide an undertaking as required by clause 12; and
  • the deletion of the definition of “undertaking”, a term which is defined under clause 12.

Version 8 of the Code was approved by the Minister and came into effect from 18 February 2011.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
27 February 2011 EIC Version 8 (showing marked up changes) pdf, 830.43 Kb
27 February 2011 EIC Version 8 Annexure C (showing marked up changes) pdf, 186.49 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 7

Version 7 of the Electricity Industry Code (the Code) incorporated amendments requiring prior notice of price changes for small.  The QCA’s Final Decision proposed that, in relation to small market customers, a retailer be required to provide individual written communication including the date of the price change, details of the new prices and details of how the increase will specifically affect the customer or a newspaper advertisement, provided that:

  • customers are notified of the date of an impending price change in a bill message prior to the change, stating when (date) and where (e.g. website and press notification) further details on the rates or variations in rates will be available;
  • no less than 10 business days prior to the date of the price change, publish the new rates in a newspaper/s circulating throughout Queensland;
  • no less than 10 business days prior to the date of the price change, publish the new rates on the retailer’s website; and
  • full details of how the change will specifically affect the customer appear on the next bill received by the customer.

The Minister approved all the amendments proposed by the QCA with the exception of proposed new clause 4.12.8 which noted the minimum information that would constitute the “full details” of a price change to be provided to residential customers.

Version 7 of the Code came into effect from 31 July 2010 and included amendments as approved by the Minister.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
27 July 2010 EIC Version 7 (showing marked up changes) pdf, 770.85 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 6

Version 6 of the Electricity Industry Code (the Code) incorporated changes to retailer and distributor reporting requirements. The amendments require additional reporting obligations.

Market and non-market customer disconnection and complaints data be reported and monitored on a quarterly basis rather than annually and the following additional data must be reported to the QCA within one month of the end of the quarter:

  • the number of retailers’ customers that are participating in a hardship program and their average debt
  • the number of retailers’ customers denied access to the retailers’ hardship program
  • the average debt of those retail customers entering the hardship program
  • the average length of time a customer remains in the hardship program

Distributors to report categorised distributor-initiated disconnections, and total disconnections, quarterly

The current restriction on a retailer requesting a special meter reading is removed, subject to a retail entity not transferring a customer on the basis of a special meter reading unless it either:

  • obtains explicit informed consent from that customer to both conduct the special meter reading and charge the customer for that special meter reading or
  • does not charge the customer for the special meter reading.

Version 6 of the Code came into effect from 1 July 2010 and incorporated amendments from version 5 which were also scheduled to come into effect from that date.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
27 July 2010 EIC Version 6 (showing marked up changes) pdf, 756.30 Kb

Electricity Industry Code Version 5

Version 5 of the Electricity Industry Code (the Code) incorporates amendments required by the QCA’s Final Decisions on Minimum Service Standards and Guaranteed Service Level (GSL) arrangements, as well as the Review of GSL Claims procedures.  The amendments in Version 5 of the Code:

  1. set the minimum service standards (MSS), as contained in Schedule 1 of the Code, which will apply to the electricity distributors from the next regulatory period commencing on 1 July 2010
  2. increased the current guaranteed service level (GSL) payment amounts by 30% to maintain their real deterrent value by accounting for the effects of inflation. The cap on individuals’ annual entitlements to GSL payments was also increase by 30%
  3. amended the process that governs the lodgment and assessment of customer claims for GSL payments, contained in clauses 2.5.11 to 2.5.14 of the Code
  4. amended the requirements covering GSL payments by distributors for interruption frequency to allow payments under clause 2.5.9(a)(ii) to be made at the end of each financial year.

These amendments were subsequently incorporated into Version 6 of the Code which came into effect from 1 July 2010.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
27 July 2010 EIC Version 5 (showing marked up changes) pdf, 762.13 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 4

On 12 May 2008, we were requested by the Minister for Mines and Energy to review the metrology provisions of the Code to identify any changes that may be required to facilitate the introduction of the National Metrology Procedure developed by the NEMMCO. The review recommended amendments to the Code, and Annexure B, the standard retail contract.

Version 4 of the Code came into effect with its gazettal on 4 August 2008.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
27 May 2008 EIC Version 4 (showing marked up changes) pdf, 816.15 Kb
27 May 2008 EIC Version 4 annexure A (showing marked up changes) pdf, 142.54 Kb
27 May 2008 EIC Version 4 Annexure B (showing marked up changes) pdf, 167.49 Kb
27 May 2008 EIC Version 4 Annexure C (showing marked up changes) pdf, 163.32 Kb

Electricity Industry Code – Version 3

The QCA became responsible for administering the Electricity Industry Code (the Code) from 1 July 2007.  This version 3 of the Code was current at that time.

Report and papers

Date
Title Document
27 March 2007 EIC Version 3 pdf, 710.16 Kb