Overview

The Essential Services Commission is reviewing the Electricity Distribution Code, which sets out the requirements for the distribution of electricity in Victoria.

The review will update the state’s electricity rules on how distribution businesses manage the network and ensure the Electricity Distribution Code reflects the changing energy landscape and evolving industry.

How does this affect you?

The code covers areas such as:

  • protections for customers, such as when customers can be compensated for low reliability
  • technical standards that govern the way electricity is supplied
  • communication requirements, such as when distribution businesses are to contact customers before a planned outage
  • certain process requirements, like new customer or generator connections.

We are now consulting on technical standards

The commission released its draft decision on the changes to the technical standards in the Electricity Distribution Code on 3 December 2019. We will be consulting on these draft decisions until 20 January 2019.

This review seeks to ensure the technical standards remain fit for purpose and covers areas such as:

  • voltage standards - the technical parameters that govern the way electricity is supplied
  • harmonics - the technical parameters that govern the distortion limits with the power supply
  • negative sequence - the technical parameter that govern the level of system imbalance
  • power factor - a measure of the effective use of power.

Have your say

Please review our draft decision paper and provide your feedback by either:

  1. making a formal submission and uploading it to this page, or
  2. providing us with some general comments via the web form on this page.

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Privacy statement

As part of making a submission, we need you to provide personal information, such as your name, email address, and postcode. We will use this information to send you updates about this review.

It is our policy to publish all submissions to reviews on the Essential Services Commission website. You can request anonymity by selecting the relevant tickbox.

When we publish a submission, we also include some details about the submitter (your name, not your address). We treat all submissions as public information unless the submitter has asked us to.

We may also collect personal information when you email us with a query. Aside from any exceptions in relevant privacy legislation, we will not use or disclose the information you provide for any purpose other than to progress and respond to your query.

You have the right to access personal information we hold about you. We may ask you to pay a small fee for this. You can also request that we correct your personal information in our records at no charge.

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About us

The Essential Services Commission is an independent regulator that promotes the long-term interests of Victorian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services. The commission regulates certain Victorian energy businesses (including electricity generators, transmission companies, distributors and retailers) through a combination of legislation, licences, and codes and guidelines. View more on how we regulate.

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General comments

You have 255 characters left.

You will receive confirmation of your submission.


Privacy statement

As part of making a submission, we need you to provide personal information, such as your name, email address, and postcode. We will use this information to send you updates about this review.

It is our policy to publish all submissions to reviews on the Essential Services Commission website. You can request anonymity by selecting the relevant tickbox.

When we publish a submission, we also include some details about the submitter (your name, not your address). We treat all submissions as public information unless the submitter has asked us to.

We may also collect personal information when you email us with a query. Aside from any exceptions in relevant privacy legislation, we will not use or disclose the information you provide for any purpose other than to progress and respond to your query.

You have the right to access personal information we hold about you. We may ask you to pay a small fee for this. You can also request that we correct your personal information in our records at no charge.

Read more information about our submissions policy.

About us

The Essential Services Commission is an independent regulator that promotes the long-term interests of Victorian consumers with respect to the price, quality and reliability of essential services. The commission regulates certain Victorian energy businesses (including electricity generators, transmission companies, distributors and retailers) through a combination of legislation, licences, and codes and guidelines. View more on how we regulate.