Electricity Market Participant Fee Structure Review

Market National Electricity Market
StageDiscussion Paper
ConvenorAEMO NEM
Accepting submissions?No
Submissions close23/09/2020

AEMO seeks stakeholder views on the structure of electricity participant fees from 1 July 2021. Through this process AEMO is consulting on opportunities to improve or update fee structures for the forthcoming period consistent with the National Electricity Rules principles. 
AEMO is required to consult on its proposed structure for participant fees in accordance with clause 2.11 and clause 8.9 of the National Electricity Rules (Rules), and in consultation with Registered participants, interested parties and such other persons as AEMO thinks appropriate.

The current structure of Participant fees for electricity commenced on 1 July 2016 for a duration of five years, ending 30 June 2021. Therefore, AEMO is conducting a consultation on the structure of Participant fees to apply from 1 July 2021 for AEMO’s revenue requirements including for:

  • The National Electricity Market (NEM).
  • Developing Retail Markets and administering Retail Competition.
  • The National Transmission Planner (NTP) functions.
  • Major Reform Initiatives, including 5MS and Distributed Energy Resources (DER) integration.
  • The Energy Consumers Australia (ECA) fees recovered by AEMO from Participant fees.
  • Registration.

The objective of the consultation is to provide stakeholders with the opportunity to have input into the development of the structure of Participant fees to apply from 1 July 2021 and only applies to the structure of fees. The actual amount charged for each fee will be determined on an annual basis, via the AEMO budgeting process.

Consultation process

AEMO invites you to provide a submission on the Consultation Paper - Structure of Participant fees in AEMO’s electricity markets.

Please provide your submissions in electronic format (both pdf and Word) as they will be published on the AEMO website.

Electronic submissions are due by 5.00pm AEDT Wednesday 23 September 2020 to kevin.ly@aemo.com.au

AEMO plans to publish all submissions on its website. Please identify any part of your submission that is confidential and you do not wish to be published.  Respondents should also note that if material identified as confidential cannot be shared and validated with other stakeholders then it may be accorded less weight in AEMO’s decision making process than published material. 

Stakeholders may also request a meeting in their submission. Please specify why you would like a meeting.  Matters discussed at a meeting may be made available to other stakeholders.

For all inquiries on this process please contact: kevin.ly@aemo.com.au


The following table contains an outline of the consultation process, including key dates. Please note the key dates are proposed and may change.



Submission closing date for this initial consultation paper

By Wednesday 23 September 2020

Publication of Draft Report (should no stakeholder meetings be requested)

By Wednesday 21 October 2020

Publication of Draft Report (should stakeholder meetings be requested)

By Wednesday 25 November 2020

Submissions on Draft report due

By Monday 18 January 2021

Publication of Final Report

By Tuesday 2 March 2021

 Last date for final decision

By Wednesday 31 March 2021

 New fee structure applicable

 Thursday 1 July 2021

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