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Volume 6 Issue 5 - 2 June 2015

Controlled Load Metering Clarification, Upcoming Changes to Work Requests and Changes to Positive Payback

Controlled Load Metering Clarification

When a request is made for a controlled tariff to be installed, the requirements of Section 6.3 of the Queensland Electricity Connection and Metering Manual (QECMM) need to be followed.
Specifically, the meter panel must have sufficient space available to house an additional meter and relay as detailed here (Table 7.1 on page 77 of the QECMM):
The controlled tariff meter wiring must also be installed per Drawing 8.1 (p.95) of the QECMM:
Tuesday 9 June 2015 - changes to EWRs & the EP Portal

As mentioned in previous Electrical Contractor Updates, the National Energy Customer Framework (NECF) comes into effect in Queensland from 1 July 2015 and will change the way electrical contractors interact with customers and Energex.

From Tuesday 9 June 2015, any new connection requests and any alteration of an existing connection (between network and premises) will require a CONNECT (i.e., Network Connection Agreement) to be in place. 

What jobs will require a CONNECT?
  1. New Connection requests:
    • Construction (TBS) Position
    • Permanent Position
    • Transfer Construction (TBS) to/from Permanent Supply
  2. Change of Existing Connection:
    • Move Point of Attachments (POA's)
    • Service Upgrades
What you need to do?
Continue to submit EWRs for your customers using the Electrical Partners Portal.  For the above job types, as the customer’s representative you can submit and accept the CONNECT on your customer's behalf. 

New Connections requiring new National Metering Identifiers (NMIs)
CONNECTs requiring Energex to generate a new NMI may take up to 24 hours. If you have submitted a CONNECT requiring a new NMI, you will be notified via the EP Portal when your CONNECT can be linked to your EWR.  This notification will be either via email or SMS depending on the notification preference you previously selected.

More information on how to submit a CONNECT is available via the 'Support' link in the Electrical Partners Portal or Electrical Contractor Update Volume 6 Issue 2

Changes to Positive Payback for Households Programs

Pool Reward Changes
The $150 reward for energy efficient pool pumps will cease on 30 June 2015.  
The reward for connecting pool pumps to an economy tariff will reduce to $200 from 1 July 2015 and cease on 31 December 2015.

Hot Water Reward Changes
The reward for connecting a hot water system to an Economy Tariff 31/33 will remain at $200, however will cease on 31 December 2015.

PeakSmart Air-conditioning Changes 
From 1 July 2015, changes to customer rewards for PeakSmart air conditioners and retailer Point of Sale (POS) rewards will apply.  The new amounts are outlined in the table below.

What you need to know
The value of the reward the customer receives will be dependent on the date they submit their online application to Energex (not purchase or installation dates).  All customer applications submitted from 1 July 2015 will fall under the new reward amounts with the first of the new POS payments to be made in approximately October 2015.

Visit our website for more information on the Positive Payback program.
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