Power and Water is responsible for planning, building and maintaining reliable electricity networks to transport electricity between electricity generators and electricity customers in the Northern Territory.

The following diagram illustrates the different distribution services provided by Power and Water’s Power Services business unit.

Standard control services are central to electricity supply and therefore relied on by most (if not all) customers such as building and maintaining the shared distribution network. Most distribution services are classified as standard control.

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) regulates these services by determining prices or an overall cap on the amount of revenue that may be earned for all standard control services. The costs associated with these services are shared by all customers via their regular electricity bill.

Alternative control services are customer specific or customer requested services. The AER sets service specific prices to provide a reasonable opportunity to enable the distributor to recover the efficient cost of each service from customers using that service.

There are no negotiated services in the Northern Territory, and the AER has no role in regulating the unclassified services that Power and Water provide.

Power and Water allocates its costs for these services according to its approved Cost Allocation Methodology.

2019-24 Distribution Determination

As the economic regulator, the Australian Energy Regulator sets the maximum amount of revenue Power and Water can recover from the provision of standard control services over a five-year regulatory period. It also sets the prices or quoting approach for alternative control services.

On 30 April 2019, the AER released its final decision on Power and Water’s electricity distribution determination for the 2019-24 regulatory control period.

In its final decision, the AER also approved Power and Water’s Tariff Structure Statement for the 2019-24 regulatory control period.

Network tariffs

In accordance with the AER’s 2019-24 Distribution Determination, Power and Water submitted its 2020-21 Network Pricing Proposal to the AER for approval. On 13 May 2020, the AER approved our proposed 2020-21 network tariffs and charges. These tariffs will commence on 1 July 2020 for the 2020-21 financial year.

Standard Control Services

Power and Water is responsible for delivering energy from the power generators to customers’ homes and businesses in the Northern Territory. Our Standard Control Service tariffs, approved by an independent regulator, recover the costs of building and maintaining the poles and wires, and the support staff needed to keep the energy network operating.

Power and Water charges Standard Control Service tariffs directly to electricity retailers. Depending on a customer’s consumption and metering, the 2020-21 Standard Control Service tariffs are made up of energy charges, demand charges, and system access charges.


Alternative Control Services – Metering

Power and Water is responsible for providing electricity metering services to customers in the Northern Territory, including providing, installing, maintaining, and reading the meters. The Alternative Control Service Metering charges recover the cost of providing these services, and are charged directly to electricity retailers.

The 2020-21 Alternative Control Service Metering charges, approved by an independent regulator, are categorised according to the meter type installed at the premise.


Alternative Control Services – Ancillary (fee based and quoted services)

Alternative Control Services - Ancillary are services provided to specific customers or retailers at their request. The customer or retailer who requests the service is charged directly.

The 2020-21 Alternative Control Services - Ancillary, approved by an independent regulator, are classified as either fee based services or
quoted services.

Fee based services are services which are provided based on a set schedule of charges. Quoted services are services provided where the nature and scope of the work cannot be known in advance, and the cost of quoted services will vary on the time taken and any other costs incurred to complete the task.

In accordance with the AER’s 2019-24 Distribution Determination, Power and Water submitted its 2019-20 Network Pricing Proposal to the AER for approval. On 14 June 2019, the AER approved the proposed 2019-20 network tariffs and charges. These tariffs commenced on 1 July 2019 for the 2019-20 financial year.

Standard Control Services

Power and Water is responsible for delivering energy from the power generators to customers’ homes and businesses in the Northern Territory. Our Standard Control Service tariffs, approved by an independent regulator, recover the costs of building and maintaining the poles and wires, and the support staff needed to keep the energy network operating.

Power and Water charges Standard Control Service tariffs directly to electricity retailers. Depending on a customer’s consumption and metering, the 2019-20 Standard Control Service tariffs are made up of energy charges, demand charges, and system access charges.

Alternative Control Services – Metering

Power and Water is responsible for providing electricity metering services to customers in the Northern Territory, including providing, installing, maintaining, and reading the meters. The Alternative Control Service Metering charges recover the cost of providing these services, and are charged directly to electricity retailers.

The 2019-20 Alternative Control Service Metering charges, approved by an independent regulator, are categorised according to the meter type installed at the premise.

Alternative Control Services – Ancillary (fee based and quoted services)

Alternative Control Services - Ancillary are services provided to specific customers or retailers at their request. The customer or retailer who requests the service is charged directly.

The 2019-20 Alternative Control Services - Ancillary, approved by an independent regulator, are classified as either fee based services or quoted services.

Fee based services are services which are provided based on a set schedule of charges. Quoted services are services provided where the nature and scope of the work cannot be known in advance, and the cost of quoted services will vary on the time taken and any other costs incurred to complete the task.

Standard Control Services

In accordance with the 2014 Network Price Determination, Power and Water submitted the 2018-19 Pricing Proposal to the Australian Energy Regulator for approval. The proposed 2018-19 Standard Control Network Tariffs were approved on 7 March 2018 as the maximum Standard Control Network Tariffs that Power and Water can charge.

Power and Water has also submitted modified 2018-19 Standard Control Network Tariffs to the Department of Treasury and Finance for approval, developed in accordance with the Ministerial Direction received from Power and Water’s Shareholding Minister.

On 14 June 2018, the modified 2018-19 Standard Control Service Network Tariffs were approved in accordance with the Ministerial Direction. These are the tariffs that will be implemented on 1 July 2018 for the 2018-19 financial year.
For a full list of these charges, refer to Power and Water's  Power Networks 2018-19 Standard Control Service Network Tariff

Alternative Control Services and Excluded Networks Services (Competition)

In addition to the provision of Standard Control Services, Power and Water also provides Alternative Control Services, and Excluded Network Services, which are subject to effective competition, to customers. The classification of these services is regulated by the Australian Energy Regulator but the charges are set by Power and Water in accordance with the Electricity Networks (Third Party Access) Code.

For a full list of these charges, refer to Power and Water’s Power Networks 2018-19 Alternative Control Services Charges.

For more information regarding Power and Water’s 2018-19 pricing proposal, refer to Power and Water’s Power Networks 2018-19 Standard Control Network Tariffs.