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  • Inquiry into the South Australian bulk grain export supply chain costs - On 16 March 2017 the Treasurer provided the Commission with Terms of Reference for an inquiry into the reasonableness of the costs underpinning the South Australian bulk grain supply chain. Interested stakeholders are invited to make a submission to this Inquiry.
  • Inquiry into reliability and quality of electricity supply on the Eyre Peninsula - The Treasurer has referred to the Commission an Inquiry into the reliability and quality of electricity supply on the Eyre Peninsula. The Commission will examine prudent and efficient options for improving the reliability and quality of electricity supply on the Eye Peninsula. It will submit an inquiry draft report to the Treasurer by 31 May 2017, with a final report to be submitted by 6 October 2017. The Commission will conduct public consultation on its draft report during June/July 2017 and will be consulting directly with key stakeholders throughout the inquiry.
  • Inquiry into regulatory arrangements for small-scale and off-grid water, gas and electricity services - The Commission is to inquire into appropriate regulatory arrangements and price regulation arrangements to apply in relation to small-scale water supplies, sewerage services, non-national market electricity and reticulated liquid petroleum gas supplies.
  • Inquiry into licensing arrangements under the Electricity Act 1996 for inverter-connected generators - In June 2016, the Essential Services Commission commenced an Inquiry into technical licence conditions for inverter-connected electricity generators. This is the third review that the Commission has conducted into this matter, following earlier reviews in 2005 and 2010.
  • Submissions to Inquiry into the licensing arrangements for inverter-connected generators - Submissions received on the Commission's Issues Paper released as part of its the Inquiry into the licensing arrangements for inverter-connected generators.
  • Further submission received for the small-scale and off-grid water, gas and electricity services inquiry - The Commission has received a further submission to its Inquiry into regulatory arrangements for small-scale and off-grid water, gas and electricity.
  • Electricity generation licence conditions Inquiry – interim AEMO advice - The Commission is conducting an Inquiry into the additional technical licence conditions that it has applied to wind and other inverter-connected generation plant in South Australia since 2004. The Inquiry is looking to determine whether or not the conditions continue to be required and, if so, what form they should take given the power system, technological and market changes which have occurred since the conditions were last reviewed by the Commission in 2010. The licence conditions apply in the absence of national rules which effectively integrate new generation technologies and are intended as a transitional arrangement until such time as national or other rules come into effect. The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is providing technical advice to the Commission as a part of the Inquiry. AEMO’s draft advice is expected to be published in April; however, to provide direction to stakeholders, AEMO has prepared interim advice on generator licence conditions for new generation.
  • Submissions received for the small-scale and off-grid water, gas and electricity services inquiry - The Commission received 14 public submissions following the release of its Issues Paper in relation to its Inquiry into regulatory arrangements for small-scale and off-grid water, gas and electricity services.