Amendments to the electricity and gas limited merits review regime
The South Australian parliament has passed amendments to the National Electricity Law (NEL) and the National Gas Law (NGL) to give effect to the policy position of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER) in relation to the limited merits review regime.
While in the course of consulting with stakeholders the SCER explored radical reforms to the merits review regime, the amendments to the NEL and NGL retain much of the existing regime and focus primarily on ensuring that decisions by regulators and, on review by the Australian Competition Tribunal, reflect the overarching primacy of the national electricity objective (NEO) and the national gas objective (NGO).
While DLA Piper does not anticipate the changes will effect radical change to the review rights of regulated energy network businesses, some changes will need to be the subject of consideration by the Australian Competition Tribunal before there can be any certainty around the operation of the regime. In addition, the longer-term future of the merits review regime remains uncertain as the Ministerial Council on Energy must initiate a review of the tribunal’s role under the NEL and NGL by 1 December 2016…
If you are registered and logged in to the site, click on the link below to read the DLA Piper briefing. If not, please register or sign in with your details below.
News from DLA Piper
News from The Lawyer
Briefings from DLA Piper
Employers have a much greater opportunity to collect and retain vast amounts of information. This information is useful to have on file — but what are the risks?
The anonymous nature of Bitcoin payments has caught the attention of tax authorities and other regulators, both in Australia and overseas.
Analysis from The Lawyer
The fragile refinance market is back in rude health and US-style alternative lenders are stepping up with innovative structures to sustain the recovery
The Lawyer’s latest Top 50 litigation firms list shows that business for dispute specialists is roaring along while new in-depth detail reveals the winning strategies