The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has adapted parts of the National Electricity Rules for implementation in the Northern Territory.
In a step towards a national energy framework, the Northern Territory is now covered by certain chapters of the rules that regulate access to network and set revenue that networks are allowed to recover.
This follows the Northern Territory’s adoption of the National Electricity Law.
As the Northern Territory is not physically connected to the National Electricity Market, the rules will include minor amendments to recognise the differences for a non-interconnected network, within an overarching and uniform set of national rules.
The national rules will now apply to electricity networks in the Darwin – Katherine interconnected system, Tennant Creek, and Alice Springs.
The changes allow the AEMC to contribute to the development of the territory’s electricity market framework.
The AEMC has prepared a Northern Territory version of the NER and the Northern Territory is also considering adopting other parts of the rules in the future.
Western Australia is also considering adopting parts of the NER, which means all states and territories may be integrated into the national framework in the near future.