Licence conditions and regulatory instruments

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The statutory obligations relevant to network operators and our role as the regulator are governed by a number of regulatory instruments.  Not all network operators are subject to the same obligations. We provide a summary of certain obligations of network operators below, to assist stakeholders. This summary is an aide only, and should not be relied upon by licence holders and other stakeholders as a substitute for thoroughly reading all relevant regulatory instruments.

All network operators with assets in NSW must be aware of and fully comply with all their legal obligations.

All network operators

All networks operators with assets in NSW are subject to at least some provisions of the following instruments:

Electricity Supply Act 1995 

Electricity Supply (General) Regulation 2014 

Electricity Supply (Safety and Network Management) Regulation 2014

Major network operators

The major network operators in NSW - Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Essential Energy and TransGrid  - have some additional obligations mostly imposed through licensing as set out below.

Operating licences apply to Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Essential Energy and TransGrid

The major network operators in NSW are Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Essential Energy and TransGrid. These are all licensed to operate and their licence conditions are below.

Network Operator   Ministerially imposed licence conditions  

Ausgrid

Licence granted to the Ausgrid Operator Partnership

Current licence

The Minister's variation – Signed by the Minister on 4 December 2017  

The first licence (superseded) - applicable to the Ausgrid Operator Partnership from 1 December 2016 until its amendment by the Minister

The licence is subject to additional conditions as provided for by the Electricity Supply Act 1995 and the regulations under it.

Endeavour Energy

Licence granted to the Endeavour Energy Network Operator Partnership

Current licence, applicable from 14 June 2017 until revoked or amended

Additional licence conditions as provided in the Electricity Supply Act 1995 (see table below)

Essential Energy

General licence conditions

Reliability and performance licence conditions

The licence is subject to additional conditions as provided for by the Electricity Supply Act 1995 and the regulations under it.

TransGrid

Licence granted to the NSW Electricity Networks Operations Pty Limited

Current licence

The Minister's variation – Signed by the Minister on 29 November 2017

The first licence (superseded) – this licence applied to the NSW Electricity Networks Operations Pty Limited from 16 December 2015 until its amendment by the Minister

The licence is subject to additional conditions as provided for by the Electricity Supply Act 1995 and the regulations under it.

TransGrid will also be subject to a new Transmission reliability and Performance standard from 1 July 2018.  

Employment Guarantees apply to the fully or partially privately leased networks

In 2015, the Government announced that Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, and TransGrid would be fully or partially leased to private operators:

  • TransGrid was fully leased to private operators in December 2015 
  • Ausgrid was partially leased (50.4%) to private operators  in December 2016, and
  • Endeavour Energy was partially leased (50.4%) to private operators in June 2017.

These leases resulted in some additional obligations for the three operators, including the following:

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