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 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
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.
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.
Licence granted to the Ausgrid Operator Partnership
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The first licence (superseded) - applicable to the Ausgrid Operator Partnership from 1 December 2016 until its amendment by the Minister
Current licence, applicable from 14 June 2017 until revoked or amended
General licence conditions
Reliability and performance licence conditions
Licence granted to the NSW Electricity Networks Operations Pty Limited
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The first licence (superseded) – this licence applied to the NSW Electricity Networks Operations Pty Limited from 16 December 2015 until its amendment by the Minister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.
In 2015, the Government announced that Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, and TransGrid would be fully or partially leased to private operators:
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: