Access to monopoly infrastructure
Access regulation seeks to promote effective competition in markets that depend on using the services of infrastructure that cannot be economically duplicated.
Envestra Ltd has applied under s102 of the National Gas Law for a revocation of coverage determination for its Wagga Wagga gas distribution network. On 8 August 2013 the Council sent its final recommendation to the relevant Minister. The Council’s recommendation is that the relevant Minister decide not to make a revocation of coverage determination such that coverage would be maintained. In making this recommendation the Council is satisfied that all of the four piepline coverage criteria are satisfied. The relevant Minister was to use his best endeavours to make his decision on or before 6 September 2013. The relevant Minister has advised the Council that he does not consider it reasonably practical to make a decision at this time given the NSW Government is yet to finalise its position on retail price regulation. The Minister undertakes to make a decision as soon as reasonably practicable.
Current status - 5. Final recommendation and decision