ACT: AER Confirms ENM Requirement

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An Accredited Embedded Network Manager is required to be appointed at Embedded Networks in the Australian Capital Territory.

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has confirmed that Embedded Network Customers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) do have the right to a retailer of their choice; and therefore, an Embedded Network Manager must be appointed given certain criteria is met.

Commencing on 1 December 2017, the ‘Utilities Legislation Amendment Act 2017’ amends the required legislation to support retail competition within Embedded Networks, and ensures that customers have the right to a retailer of choice.

The National Electricity Rules (clause 2.5.1(d1)(1)(i)) state that the appointment of an Embedded Network Manager is restricted to those jurisdictions where an Embedded Network Customer is afforded the right to a retail of choice. With the announcement from DEWS (QLD), outlined in our previous post, and with the commencement of the amended Utilities Acts and Regulations in the ACT, the NER requirement to appoint an ENM are in place in the Australian Capital Territory, Queensland, Victoria, New South Wales, and South Australia.

Do you have to appoint an Embedded Network Manager?

If your Embedded Network has 30 customers or more and is part of at least one of the following network exemption classes – ND10, NR1, NR2, NR3, NR5 or NR6 – an ENM will most likely be required. Contact Us for more information.

Transitional Arrangements

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has issued a ‘Notification of transitional arrangements’ regarding the Embedded Networks Rule. The notification states that the AER will allow an initial transition period until 31 March 2018 for Embedded Networks to comply with the new requirements.

Accredited ENM – ENM Solutions

ENM Solutions is an AEMO Accredited Embedded Network Manager (ENM). If you’ve got questions surrounding your requirement to appoint an Embedded Network Manager, or if you would like a proposal for ENM services, please Contact Us.

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