Gas Bulletin Board provisions to be included in SA Bill; stakeholders to be consulted on Rules, says MCE
Posted by gasweek on 20 September, 2007
As a commitment to the work that the Gas Market Leaders Group has done on establishment of a bulletin board and recognising its value, SCO has also agreed that the National Gas Law should include provisions for empowering a bulletin board, according to the Standing Commitee of Officials of the Ministerial Council on Energy’s ‘Explanatory Material for the Second Exposure Drafts of the National Gas Law and National Gas Rules’ (July 2007).
Mechanics of bulletin board: However, SCO was conscious that it did not want its decision to delay the release of the Exposure Draft of the Law. Accordingly, these provisions were not included in the Exposure Draft. Work was proceeding concurrently on the bulletin board provisions with a view to including them in the Bill to be introduced into the South Australian Parliament. However, SCO was unable at this stage to confirm that drafting could be done within the current timetable. SCO noted that most of the mechanics of the establishment and operation of the bulletin board would be in the National Gas Rules with only the minimum of provisions being in the Law.
Stakeholder consultations: In addition, the provisions in the Law would not create binding obligations until they were supplemented by the detailed provisions in the Rules. The Rules would be developed in consultation with the GMLG (Gas Market Leaders Group). The GMLG released a consultation paper entitled ‘Bulletin Board Business and Data Requirements’ and conducted consultation sessions in June on the policy issues surrounding the bulletin board. The consultation paper and submissions to it were available from the MCE website at http://www.mce.gov.au/index.cfm?event=object.showContent&objectID=05153518-A00A-8738-D7588EC810441667. Stakeholders would be consulted on the proposed Rules for the bulletin board.
Reference: Standing Commitee of Officials of the Ministerial Council on Energy, Explanatory Material for the Second Exposure Drafts of the National Gas Law and National Gas Rules, July 2007
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