09/10/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/09/2021 17:11
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has today published its draft determination on the 2021 cost thresholds review for the regulatory investment test for transmission (RIT-T) and the regulatory investment test for distribution (RIT-D) (collectively RITs).
The draft determination stipulates that if the estimated capital cost of a proposed investment by a transmission or distribution network business in its network:
The National Electricity Rules (NER) require the AER to undertake a review every three years of the cost thresholds associated with the RITs to ascertain whether the cost thresholds need to be changed to reflect changes in input costs to maintain their appropriateness. The AER commenced its 2021 RIT cost thresholds review on 30 July 2021.
The RITs are cost-benefit tests that network businesses must undertake before building electricity network infrastructure. Network businesses are required to apply the RITs in instances where the capital costs of proposed transmission or distribution investments are above certain cost thresholds.
The AER is seeking submissions on the draft determination. Interested parties are invited to provide written submissions to the AER by close of business 15 October 2021. The AER must publish a final determination within 5 weeks of the close of submissions.
Submissions should be addressed to Stephanie Jolly (General Manager, AER Market Performance) at [email protected] with the following title: Submission for 2021 cost thresholds review for the regulatory investment tests.
Alternatively, stakeholders can mail submissions to:
Ms Stephanie Jolly
General Manager, Market Performance
Australian Energy Regulator
GPO Box 520
MELBOURNE VIC 3001
We prefer all submissions be publicly available to facilitate an informed and transparent consultation process. We will therefore treat submissions as public documents unless otherwise requested.
We request parties wishing to submit confidential information to:
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