Australian Energy Regulator - Final Distribution Determination
The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) as the economic regulator under the National Electricity Rules (the Rules), released its Final Distribution Determination on 6 May 2010, approving capital and operating investment programs to meet Ergon Energy’s core purpose – to enhance the economic and lifestyle aspirations of our customers through sustainable energy solutions. The Final Distribution Determination sets out Ergon Energy’s approved Annual Revenue Requirements (ARR) and arrangements for how network prices are to be developed and applied by Ergon Energy for the five-year regulatory control period commencing on 1 July 2010.
As required under clause 6.18.2(a)(1) of the Rules, Ergon Energy submitted a Pricing Proposal to the AER for the 2013-14 regulatory year which was approved by the AER on 7 June 2013.
Ergon Energy’s Pricing Proposal is supported by a suite of documentation to assist external parties understand the development and application of tariffs. This documentation includes Information Guides on Standard Control Services and Alternative Control Services Pricing.
Standard Control Services reflect core network, connection and metering services associated with access to and supply of electricity to customers via the distribution network (for example conveying electricity, network maintenance, installation of standard meters and load control equipment). Ergon Energy recovers our costs in providing Standard Control Services through network tariffs which are billed to retailers.
Alternative Control Services, are activities undertaken by Ergon Energy which relate to a specific request from a customer or their agent (for example a retailer or an electrical contractor) and are in addition to Ergon Energy’s main network services (Standard Control Services). The charges for Alternative Control Services can be directly attributed to the customer requesting the service.
Price lists for both Standard Control Services and Alternative Control Services are approved by the AER every year. Ergon Energy endeavours to publish the new price lists on Ergon Energy's website at least 20 business days before the commencement of the next financial year.
The Information Guide for Standard Control Services Pricing assists stakeholders understand how network tariffs are calculated for all users of the Ergon Energy distribution network for the 2010-15 regulatory control period.
The Information Guide for Alternative Control Services Pricing sets out the basis on which Alternative Control Services pricing is set and approved by the AER.
Network Tariff Guide for Standard Control Services
The Network Tariff Guide for Standard Controlled Services 2013-2014 (PDF 1.6 mb) sets out how customers are assigned to tariff classes and the application rules and rates applicable for each network tariff in Ergon Energy’s supply area in regional Queensland. Ergon Energy charges your retailer the network tariffs associated with supplying electricity to your premises.
For customers of Ergon Energy Queensland Pty Ltd the Government-set retail prices shown on your electricity bill are inclusive of all network charges (or network tariffs) payable by you. Your electricity bill does not show the network tariff as a separate item.
For customers of other retailers, your market contract may be based on fully inclusive prices or your retailer may pass through Ergon Energy's network tariffs and show these charges separately on your electricity bill. Check with your retailer on how they have calculated your market offer and how charges will appear on your new electricity bill.
Information on Network Tariff Codes and rates applying to site-specific tariffs are available on request by contacting Network Pricing at firstname.lastname@example.org. Information can be provided in the following circumstances:
- The requestor is the customer, or an authorised person who is able to sign on behalf of the customer (e.g. Company Manager)
- The requestor is the current Financially Responsible Market Participant and the request relates to a period of time for which they are responsible for the site
- The customer’s written consent has been provided using Ergon Energy’s Authority to Release Information to Third Parties Form (PDF 22.0 kb).
Price List for Alternative Control Services
The Price List for Alternative Controlled Services 2013-2014 (PDF 1.0 mb) sets out the prices and product codes that apply in Ergon Energy's supply area in relation to Alternative Control Services.
Capital Contribution Methodology
Ergon Energy’s Capital Contribution Policy of 20 April 2005 (PDF 187.2 kb) provides details of how Ergon Energy determines the capital contribution to be paid when a customer applies for a connection to the distribution network. The Capital Contribution Policy was approved by the Queensland Competition Authority (QCA) and continues in force under the AER.
We are happy to help if you have any any general inquiries or want to know more about how network pricing affects you. Please call us on 13 10 46 (Mon to Fri, 7.00am - 6.30pm).