On 28 April 2015, the Queensland Government announced that it
would hold off on implementing part of the NECF known as the
"market monitoring regime" in South East Queensland.
Please see our previous Alerts on
15 May 2015 and
29 May 2015 for information on the specific impacts of that
policy change on manufactured homes parks.
The Queensland Government has now acted upon that announcement
and taken the formal step to delay the commencement of retail
electricity price deregulation in South East Queensland until 1
July 2016. This was achieved through the Electricity
Competition and Protection Legislation Amendment (Postponement)
Regulation 2015 and the proclamation of 4 June 2015. That
proclamation excludes certain sections of the Electricity
Competition and Protection Legislation Amendment Act 2014 from
commencing on 1 July this year.
The delay of price deregulation has unintended impacts on the
solar feed-in tariff. These impacts are addressed in the
National Energy Retail Law (Queensland) (Transitional)
Regulation 2015. The transitional regulation preserves the
current legislative approach to the solar feed-in tariff by
prescribing the retail entities that are required to pay the
regulated feed-in tariff to eligible solar customers. Those retail
entities are Ergon Energy and Origin Energy (in respect of a small
area near Goondiwindi).
Despite the delayed commencement of the electricity price
deregulation, from 1 July 2015, park owners will still need to:
continue to comply with Section 99A of the Manufactured
Homes (Residential Parks) Act 2003 (Qld) (MHRP
comply with the other requirements of the National Energy
Customer Framework to the extent that those requirements are not
dealt with by Section 99A of the MHRP Act;
register for an applicable on-seller exemption by completing
the registration form available at
https://www.aer.gov.au, prior to 1 July 2015;
familiarise themselves and comply with the Australian Energy
Regulator Retail Exempt Selling Guideline April 2015.
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