We are reviewing the Electricity Distribution Code to align it with our new enforcement framework.
Making the Electricity Distribution Code of Practice
Consultation paper29 March 2022
Stakeholder forum3 May 2022
Consultation closes17 May 2022
Final decisionEnd of July 2022
Context for this review
As part of its Energy Fairness Plan commitments, the Victorian Government reformed the enforcement framework that we operate under. To align with this new framework our existing energy codes are transitioning to ‘codes of practice’.
The new enforcement framework was implemented via the Essential Services Commission (Compliance and Enforcement Powers) Amendment Act 2021 (Compliance and Enforcement Act).
The Compliance and Enforcement Act commenced on 1 December 2021 and resulted in our existing energy codes being deemed as ‘codes of practice’. However, for the provisions of those instruments to be fully enforced through the new enforcement framework, we are undertaking a further step of reviewing each code.
This consultation is about how we propose to make the Electricity Distribution Code of Practice. We are publishing our consultation paper and draft code of practice so stakeholders have clarity on what the new code of practice is expected to look like. We are also proposing to repeal related guidelines and to make consequential variations to electricity distribution licences.
The process of making the Electricity Distribution Code of Practice is primarily an administrative one. We do not intend to make major policy changes or otherwise alter in a significant way the obligations that distributors, exempt distributors and embedded generators are currently required to follow. Once the new Electricity Distribution Code of Practice is in effect, it will enable the new enforcement framework to be used for any violations of the code of practice.
Stakeholder information session
We held a virtual stakeholder information session on the consultation on Tuesday 3 May. Download the presentation from the information session below.
We released the draft Electricity Distribution Code of Practice for public consultation on 29 March 2022. Consultation ran until 17 April.
We also held a stakeholder information session on 3 May with over 40 attendees.
We received six submissions to the draft Electricity Distribution Code of Practice. Overall, submissions were supportive of the need to consolidate olibgations in the new code of practice, to remove redundant provisions and to repeal guidelines. Stakeholders generally acknowledged the outcome will be a more streamlined regulatory framework which will benefit Victorian electricity customers and distributors.
Submissions covered a number of topics, including:
- receipt of communications and notices timeframe
- the proposed Guaranteed Service Level (GSL) exemption process
- voltage variation and harmonic limits
- specification of civil penalty requirements
- the transposition of aspects of Guideline 14 into the code
- licence variations
- 'best endeavours' obligations.
Submissions are available in the resources tab.