Amendments to electricity and gas on-selling licence exemptions
The Property Council of Australia has provided comment on the draft amendments to the electricity and gas on-selling licence exemptions to allow a third party to manage the on-seller’s embedded network and supply customers within the network on behalf of the on-seller.
The Property Council does not support the proposed amendments and the speed of which Government are attempting to pass them. The short consultation period and work program timeline does not allow for proper analysis of the implications to market consumers including commercial landlords who may have their control of their embedded networks diluted by the proposed changes.
The Property Council puts forward the following recommendations:
- Extend the consultation time period and work program timeline to allow affected stakeholders to fully analyse the impacts of the proposed changes
- Acknowledge the ownership of the embedded networks and conduct a proper review of the impact on current existing legal contracts and the effect the changes will have should a landlord opt to appoint a third party to manage their embedded network
- Finish the energy market review phase 2 before making any changes
The full submission can be read below.