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1 Ausgrid Network Services Price List February 2015 Dear ASP3, I am writing to update you on Ausgrid s revised proposal for the regulatory period. Following the submission of Ausgrid s initial proposal to the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) in May 2014, the AER published its draft determination in November 2014 to which Ausgrid responded with a revised proposal in January The AER will make its final determination on 30 April What does this mean for you? As an Accredited Service Provider (ASP), you would be aware of the current network fees and charges applicable to the services you currently provide to your customers. As part of the revised proposal, Ausgrid has recommended a move to cost reflective charges for the provision of Alternative Control Services. This includes services reclassified from Standard Control, formerly known as Miscellaneous and Monopoly fees. Services attracting fees and charges In summary, when the AERs final determination is implemented in July this year, the following processes and services will attract fees and charges impacting ASPs: Authorisation of ASPs Connection offer Conveyancing information desk inquiry Design Information / Certification / Rechecking Inspection / Re-inspection of service work Access permit Substation Commissioning Connections customer interface coordination Preliminary enquiry service Planning studies for new connection applications Service involved in obtaining deeds of agreement Connection / Relocation process facilitation Supply and connect temporary supply CT meter install Metering Charges In addition, new metering charges will also apply from 1 July The upfront meter charge will apply for all meters issued for new connections and upgrades to metering installations. Ausgrid proposes to apply this charge to ASPs when the ASP submits a NOSW for metering works to Ausgrid. Document: Newsletter #010 Issued by: Contestable Connections Date Issued: 10/02/2015 Copy to: Level 3 ASPs How: DTIRIS accreditation list

2 Where can I find more information? Ausgrid s revised proposal can be accessed on the website at For ease of reference, the three attachments outline our proposed charges for ancillary network services and metering services: 8.04 Revisions to Metering Services.pdf 8.08 Revisions to Ancillary Network Services.pdf The attached table also outlines our current and proposed charges for ancillary network services and metering services: Ausgrid price list_v11_asps Final.pdf When will changes come into effect? The AER's final determination is due to be delivered on 30 April 2015 and implemented from 1 July Any transitional arrangements in terms of implementing up front meter charges and changes to charges for specific services will be communicated to the appropriate stakeholders prior to 1 July What do you need to do? The information above provides you with an overview of Ausgrid s revised proposal and the elements that have specific impact on ASPs. You can read more about the proposal, and access the full document on the website at In addition, the AER website has all documents associated with the transitional, initial, draft and revised proposals on its website at Regards Matthew Hindson Manager - Contestable Connections - Ausgrid

3 Attachment 8.04 Revisions to the Type 5 and Type 6 Metering Services Proposal January 2015 Ausgrid revised regulatory proposal attachment

4 Contents 1 Summary 3 2 Structure of Metering Charges 3 3 Type 5 and 6 Metering Services Regulated Asset Base 3 4 Forecast Metering Operating Costs Historic trends in operating expenditure (FY10-FY14) 7 5 Forecast Metering Capital Costs Revised metering capex 10 6 Revenue Requirements for the Type 5 and 6 Metering Service 12 7 Annual Prices for Type 5 and 6 Metering Services 13 8 New and Upgrade Connections Upfront Charge 14 9 Customer Exits Meter Transfer Fee Control Mechanism Price Cap 17 Appendix 1 Relevant Attachments and Related Documents 20 2

5 1 Summary This attachment responds to the AER s decision set out in Attachment 16 of the Draft Determination. It both supports areas of our proposal which we have not revised in response to the AER s decision as well as those areas where we have accepted the AER s decision and revised our proposal. This attachment should be read in conjunction with Attachment 8.15 (Type 5 & 6 metering services proposal) from Ausgrid s initial proposal. Ausgrid summarises the AER draft determination as follows: Accepted our proposed structure of metering charges, that is, to charge an upfront fee representative of the upfront capital cost for new and upgraded connections and an annual charge that varies by tariff class; Accepted the capital expenditure revenue building block approach; Accepted the forecast metering capital by volume and cost, except for the meter hardware prices; Did not accept forecast metering operating expenditure; Did not accept the Metering Regulated Asset Base (RAB) calculation; and, Did not accept our proposal to charge an exit fee (administrative cost) to exiting customers, however the AER accepted that an incremental administration cost component is appropriate if further justification is provided. In the sections that follow we provide further detail to respond to the issues raised by the AER in their Draft Determination, presenting our reasons where we are not accepting their decisions but also confirming where we accept the AER s findings. We also present our updated and revised metering prices and the basis for the revision. Additional revised supporting attachments are provided in Appendix 1, Table A-1, with the initial proposal documents relating to Type 5 and 6 Metering Services given in Table A-2. 2 Structure of Metering Charges Ausgrid s high level structure of meter charges was accepted by the AER. This consists of: Charging upfront for new and upgraded meter connections; and An annual charge that varies by tariff class. We have not revised this high level structure in our revised proposal. Furthermore, Ausgrid initially proposed an Exit Fee, as recommended in the AEMC s Power of Choice review 1 but not considered by the AER in their Stage 1 Framework and Approach. This was designed to account for costs associated with customers wishing to exit Ausgrid s Type 5 and 6 Metering service, in particular a sunk asset cost component along with an administrative component. Ausgrid has accepted the AER s draft decision to recover administrative costs only in Alternative Control Services, and consistent with this we have revised our proposal to include the Meter Transfer Fee to replace the Exit Fee. Further detail supporting the Meter Transfer Fee is set out in section 9. We have also accepted the AER s proposal to recover residual capital from all customers through Standard Control Services despite this being an artificial cost burden on customers. 3 Type 5 and 6 Metering Services Regulated Asset Base During the AER s consideration of Ausgrid s regulatory proposal, Ausgrid and the AER have agreed on a number of amendments to Ausgrid s Distribution Roll Forward Model, which have had consequential impacts on the Type 5 and 6 Metering Regulated Asset Base (RAB). The effect of these amendments is that the opening 2014/15 Metering RAB was adjusted from $260.8 million ($ 2013/14) initially proposed by Ausgrid to $267.2 million ($ 2013/14). 1 AEMC Final Report Power of choice review - giving consumers options in the way they use electricity, 30 November 2012, page 87 3

6 The main drivers of this change include the following: 1. The FY10 opening RAB was amended for the allocation of the Work in Progress (WIP) asset class to remaining system assets. This had a consequential impact on the FY15 distribution opening RAB, and more specifically the Metering RAB; 2. Disposals and capital contributions were adjusted in agreement with the AER between FY10 and FY14; 3. FY14 disposals, capital contributions and gross capex were adjusted for actual expenditure following the finalisation of regulatory accounts. Table 1 provides details of the revised Metering RAB. Table 1- Opening Type 5 & 6 metering services RAB at 1 July 2014 ($ million, 2013/14) Asset Opening Metering RAB Remaining Life (yrs) Standard Life (yrs) Customer Metering (Mechanical/Electromechanical) Customer Metering (Digital) Furniture, fittings, plant and equipment Land (non-system) 0.3 n/a n/a Other non-system assets IT systems Motor vehicles Buildings Equity Raising Costs Total With respect to the asset lives, the AER did not accept Ausgrid s proposed 15 year remaining lives for Buildings and Equity Raising Costs. These were manually reduced by Ausgrid to align with the metering assets (i.e years remaining life associated with Customer Metering (Mechanical/Electromechanical)), indicating that all current assets in the Metering RAB will not be recovered beyond the current metering asset fleet. Ausgrid has not revised its position on these assets lives and maintains the position in its initial Regulatory Proposal. 4 Forecast Metering Operating Costs In the Draft Determination, the AER substituted Ausgrid s proposed $143.4 million (nominal) operating expenditure with a lower figure of $119.1 million (nominal). The AER determined this figure predominantly through a lower annual starting point of $23.3 million (nominal) in 2014/15 by referencing the average operational expenditure for ($24.8 million (nominal per annum)) and also referencing Energex s per customer benchmark metering cost of $14 per customer per annum. Ausgrid has not accepted the AER s draft decision and has retained the initial operating cost approach, with the only change consisting of updates to cost escalators as indicated in Table 2 below: 4

7 Table 2 Cost Escalators (Real 2013/14) Escalator FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 Labour (internal) 0.9% 0.9% 1.4% 1.6% 1.4% Labour Hire 0.7% 1.3% 1.3% 1.2% 1.2% Contracted Services 0.7% 1.3% 1.3% 1.2% 1.2% Materials 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% Other Costs 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% It should be noted that the internal labour escalator is in line with the AER s Draft Determination labour cost escalator. Forecast Operating Costs for Meter Maintenance, Meter Reading and Meter Data Services The AER identified three components of Type 5 and 6 metering services operating costs as follows: Meter Maintenance - covers works to inspect, test, maintain, repair meters; Meter Reading - refers to quarterly or other regular reading of a meter; and Meter Data Processing the collection, processing, storage and delivery of metering data and the management of relevant NMI Standing Data in accordance with the Rules. In addition to these operating cost components, there are also IT costs associated with providing meter services and an allocation of shared operating expenditure (related to shared IT, furniture, plant and other non-system assets).the AER utilised a high level approach by averaging the total metering opex of multiple years (FY2009- FY2013) to determine an opex base of Ausgrid s metering operational costs. Ausgrid considers that the AER s approach is not consistent with the revenue and pricing principles as it does not provide an opportunity for Ausgrid to recover its reasonable costs of providing metering services. The AER s approach does not have proper regard to the thorough methodology used by Ausgrid to establish a prudent and efficient base operational expenditure and is unreasonabe because it does not take account of the fact that Ausgrid s metering population has fundamentally changed since FY2009. For the reasons set out below, Ausgrid considers that its proposed approach produces an operational expenditure which is more robust and consistent with the revenue and pricing principles. Ausgrid has been recording the direct operating expenditure associated with its metering business at a granular level. Thus, the historic costs associated with meter maintenance, meter reading and meter data services for Type 5 and 6 metering installations are available at a detailed level, and therefore we have used a top-down approach based on FY2013 opex to derive the efficient underlying opex base. We have reviewed these costs with prior years and considered the drivers of variations between years. We also provide more detail regarding historical operating expenditure in Section 4.1. FY2013 meter maintenance costs are below historical costs due to the diversion of resources to the Smart Grid Smart City (SGSC) program in that year, offset with increased costs associated with compliance catch-up activities in FY2014. In addition, our metering policy from 1 July 2014 changed from supplying Type 5 meters back to accumulation meters for most new and upgraded premises. Type 5 meters are more feature rich but cost more to operate and maintain. During the period, the proportion of Type 5 meters grew disproportionately compared to Type 6 meters. This means that the meter costs over this period cannot be meaningfully averaged to use as a benchmark, nor do they represent an efficient base for the purpose of forecasting. The volume of new Type 5 meters on our network will now stay approximately at their current levels. We are therefore not forecasting any growth in Type 5 related costs for the FY regulatory period. Given the above, we have determined that using FY2013 is the best representation of current volumes and efficiencies. Using FY2013 actual operating costs for Type 5 and 6 metering services, we have developed unit costs for meter maintenance, meter reading and meter data services. These unit costs, combined with the appropriate number of 5

8 customers, forms the forecast operating expenditure for these three service components for the Regulatory Period. Table 3 details the forecast operating costs to provide Type 5 and 6 metering services for the regulatory period. As stated above, compared to our initial proposal these have been updated with new cost escalators. Table 3: Forecast meter maintenance, reading and data processing operating costs for FY15 FY19 ($ million, $ 2013/14) Service Category Meter Type FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 Total Metering Maintenance Meter Reading Metering Data Services Metering ICT Opex Opex Type 5 Overheads (Indirect) 2 and 6 Type Type Type Type Type Type Type Type Total Total metering operational forecast costs were prepared by applying a top down approach utilising FY2013 as a base year. This detailed top down approach then analysed all internal orders and segregated costs by: Type 5 Metering (Alternate Control) Type 6 Metering (Alternate Control) Standard Control Services (e.g. Bulk Supply Point related Metering services) Ancillary Network Services The Standard Control Services and Ancillary Network Services related costs have been removed from the total cost for the purpose of reporting Type 5 and 6 Metering within Alternate Control Service. IT operating costs directly attributable to Type 5 and 6 metering services Ausgrid incurs operating costs for the IT systems directly attributable to supporting Type 5 and 6 metering services. The functions provided by IT systems relate to the data collection, validation, storage and distribution of data to authorised parties for in-area sites with annual usage of less than 160MWh per annum. Ausgrid s Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) group manages all aspects of investment in information technology, and does not form part of the separate metering business. This business structure results in Ausgrid s Type 5 and 6 metering services IT costs forming part of a cost centre that also provides Standard Control Services and Unregulated Services. That is, the IT operating costs relating to metering services include: Unregulated Services (comprising contestable Type 1-4 metering services); Standard Control Services including Type 7 metering services; Alternative Control Services (ACS) - Type 5 and 6 metering services; and Alternative Control Services (ACS) - metering-related Ancillary Network Services. 2 Includes Debt Raising Costs 6

9 We have applied our Cost Allocation Method, as approved by the AER 3, in preparing our forecast for direct metering related ICT operating expenditures. In the initial proposal supporting document ID00003 Direct allocation of metering related ICT expenditure, provided as a supporting document to Chapter 8, we explain in more detail the process of identifying and attributing the ICT portion of metering related costs to Type 5 and 6 metering services. Ausgrid s revised metering ICT opex is detailed above in Table 3. Allocation of shared operating expenditure to Type 5 and 6 metering services The shared operating costs relate to the following: Shared Information and Communications Technology (ICT) expenditure; Finance and compliance functions; Insurances; Contact Centre, Human Resources, Internal Audit and Corporate Communications; Property; Safety Management; and Networks NSW (NNSW) Management costs. Forecast operating expenditure that could not be directly attributed to Type 5 and 6 metering services have been allocated based on the application of causal or non-causal allocators as outlined in our Cost Allocation Method 4. Consequently, we have allocated a portion of the shared operating costs to Type 5 and 6 metering services by utilising FTEs, weighted revenue and floor space resulting in the allocation of $22.95m of shared operating expenditure to Type 5 and 6 metering services over 5 years, as shown in Table 3. Compared to Ausgrid s initial proposal, the main difference is the addition of Debt Raising Costs calculated in the Metering Post Tax Revenue Model (PTRM), which previously were inadvertently excluded. This accounts for approximately $764k ($ 2013/14) over 5 years. 4.1 Historic trends in operating expenditure (FY10-FY14) In Table 4, we outline historical operating costs for meter maintenance, meter reading and meter data services for the current period FY10 FY14. During this period all new sites, upgraded sites, and reactive and proactive replacements received a Type 5 meter. Table 4: Historic Type 5 6 metering services operating expenditure ($ 000, nominal) OPEX Category FY10 FY11 FY12 FY13 FY14 Total Meter Maintenance $3,953 $6,114 $6,621 $5,753 $6,263 $28,704 Meter Reading $7,792 $6,942 $7,128 $7,748 $7,525 $37,135 Meter Data Services $3,372 $4,213 $4,434 $4,793 $4,697 $21,509 Total $15,117 $17,270 $18,184 $18,294 $18,485 $87,348 We have reviewed these costs with prior years and considered the drivers of variations between years. As mentioned above, FY2013 meter maintenance costs are below historical costs due to the diversion of resources to the Smart Grid Smart City (SGSC) program in that year, offset with increased costs associated with compliance catch-up activities in FY2014. We have determined that using FY2013 is the best representation of current volumes and efficiencies. 3 Ausgrid s Cost Allocation Method approved by the AER on 2 May Ausgrid s Cost Allocation Method approved by the AER on 2 May 2014 and provided at Attachment

10 The FY2013 operating expenditure reflects the most representative from a per unit cost driver perspective, specifically around the distinction between Type 5 and Type 6 metering. In previous financial years, the proportion of Type 5 meters has been lower. For example at the beginning of FY2009, the Ausgrid metering installations were 15% Type 5 but at the end of FY2013 this proportion had increased to 30%. Going forward, with a new strategy of like-for-like replacement and upgrades and default accumulation metering for the majority of new connections, this proportion is likely to stabilise. In selecting a representative cost year, the proportion between Type 5 and Type 6 is key because of the higher per unit cost for Type 5 metering compared to Type 6. For this reason, the FY2013 associated operating expenditure (reflecting the Type 5/6 proportions) is used as the representative year. Type 5 metering requires a higher annual per customer operating expenditure due to the increased time to read a Type 5 meter, reflected in a probe meter reading surcharge, as well as greater obligations of interval meter data validation as per AEMO metrology procedure requirements. However with this comes the benefit of interval data supplied to the National Electricity Market, supporting cost reflective tariffs, efficient market settlement and better alignment with the National Electricity Objective. The AER s own analylsis supports the efficiency of Ausgrid s proposed operating expenditure. An Ausgrid Type 6 customer attracts an annual operating expenditure of $11.26 (nominal) which is slightly below the trend line of annual metering operating expenditure per customer normalised for customer density 5, and also demonstrates a performance significantly less than the Energex benchmark (of $14 per customer, nominal) which has been used by the AER, as an example of a network with Ausgrid characteristics. In summary, we investigated the AER s approach of a five-year average of opex costs from FY2009 to FY2013 and have determined that it does not provide an appropriate opex base because of the proportionate growth of Type 5 metering installations. Instead, Ausgrid has retained the FY2013 meter volumes and associated opex as initially proposed to form the efficient base year for future projections. The selection of FY2013 takes into account that FY2014 actual costs were higher than FY2013 due to maintenance activities not carried out in FY2013 as planned. Even though this had the effect of artificially pushing down FY2013 opex costs, our drive for efficiency has meant that FY2013 is the prudent and appropriate year to use. We have also compared Ausgrid s proposed Type 5 price with SA Power Networks, and the proposed prices for Endeavour and Essential Energy (NSW), which results in Ausgrid having the lowest Type 5 unit cost. 5 Forecast Metering Capital Costs Ausgrid is responsible for the provision, installation and maintenance of Type 5 and 6 metering installations; and the validation, substitution and estimation of metering data for Type 5 and 6 metering installations in accordance with the Rules and the AEMO Metrology Procedure. 6 In addition to meeting the requirements of the Rules, Ausgrid invests capital expenditure in metering assets to meet the following objectives: To ensure metering equipment remains safe and accurate; To comply with all relevant legislative obligations applicable to metering equipment; To support network pricing strategies; To provide access (through customer opt-in) to more cost reflective pricing, such as time based tariffs; and To provide tariff flexibility to new embedded generation (including solar/pv) customers. The AER accepted Ausgrid s capital expenditure revenue building block approach and the forecast metering capital by volume and cost (except for the meter hardware prices). As such, Ausgrid has not remodelled Type 5 and 6 related metering capex, and the initial proposal Attachment 8.18 Forecast Capex for Type 5 & 6 Metering 7 still applies. 5 Figure of AER Draft Determination 6 MPP03 General Specification for Electricity Metering Equipment 7 This can be found on the AER s website at 8

11 Prudent and Efficient Meter Hardware Prices Ausgrid s position remains firm that its meter hardware price, as originally proposed, is an efficient price for a prudent meter selection. Ausgrid considers a prudent operator does not select metering equipment based on upfront price alone. The up-front meter price is only a small fraction of the cost of a metering installation over the whole-of-life cost. For this reason issues of reliability, accuracy, efficiency of reading, ease of installation, functionality, compliance performance and logistics are taken into account in the procurement process see further detail below: 1. Reliability - Specifying a reliability level better guarantees a stable and reduced replacement expenditure, which is dominated by labour costs, not material costs. Equipment with lesser reliability to the minimum requirement must be considered in light of its higher whole-of-life cost impact. 2. Accuracy - Testing and confirming in-service accuracy performance beyond the on paper performance is the key to achieving measurement that is representative of actual consumption, delivering fairness to customers and achieving the underlying objectives of compliance. Testing of lower price devices sometimes reveals reduced accuracy in certain circumstances, such as when carrying high currents. The reduced energy registration in the meter could quickly out-strip the up-front capital cost saving. 3. Efficiency of Reading - Care is taken to select metering equipment that achieves efficient reading i.e. meters that can be easily read by meter readers. For accumulation meters, this means displays must be clear and for interval meters, this means the performance of the optical port must be fast and fault free. The absence of this would increase opex costs, compounding read after read. 4. Ease of Installation - Metering equipment that complies with the NER and related requirements are not necessarily the most efficient to install. Meters that are simpler to install not only save labour time but are significant for the replacement of metering equipment on older meter boards that contain asbestos, where matching mounting holes eliminates drilling of panels and exposing installers to asbestos dust. 5. Functionality - For efficiency through flexibility of functionality, metering equipment that can be configured to multiple functions is favoured. For example, metering equipment that can be programmed for import/export operation allows the same meter to be utilised in the circumstance where the customer has embedded generation (i.e. solar). The meter does not need to be changed. 6. Compliance Performance - Achieving NER compliance includes the accuracy performance of the installation, not just the meter. This is significant for CT installations where overall accuracy is determined by the components of the meters, instrument transformers and secondary circuits. Higher accuracy class meters are often employed to more easily achieve accuracy performance of the overall installation. 7. Logistics - Ausgrid utilises just-in-time logistics process for efficiency. However, running out of metering stock is not acceptable to customers. Ausgrid uses a multi-vendor supply arrangement for metering equipment to guarantee supply. For the specific selection of an accumulation single phase direct connect meter, the product selected by Ausgrid was based on: a design life of 15 years with a better than 99.5% reliability annually during this time. The product also demonstrated full compliance to the relevant Australian Standards; pattern approval; demonstrated stable accuracy during self-heating and high currents; and finally footprint and mounting holes aligning with the BAZ meter targeted for replacement, thus avoiding hazardous drilling of asbestos meter boards. In contrast, the lowest cost product does not have the same reliability track record, has less accuracy stability at higher currents and does not match the mounting hole and footprint of the BAZ. For these reasons, the lowest cost product was not considered a prudent selection. For the specific selection of the interval three phase CT connected meter, the products selected are based on: design life of 15 years; better than 99.5% reliability annually; confirmed efficiency and reliability of probe reading; supporting of additional functionality such as import /export energy flow measurement for embedded generation installations; and a higher accuracy performance (Class 0.5) than the minimum NER class requirement to allow the achievement of NER compliance of overall metering installation error performance without special conditions. In addition to the above, Ausgrid does not accept the AER s use of the lowest end of the determined market rate range as the prudent hardware price. The AER has drawn this conclusion with the assumption that ongoing 9

12 procurement improvements by NNSW will lead to the lowest market price, with little regard for the prudent selection of meter hardware. The AER s substitute price is contradictory to the advice received by the AER from its consultant (Marsden Jacobs Associates) who recommended that metering hardware costs proposed by each of the businesses should be accepted where the proposed costs are below Marsden Jacob s recommended maximum. The report goes on to state Where the rates are above the current market rates and Marsden Jacob s maximum proposed rates, we recommend the allowable costs be capped at Marsden Jacob s recommended rate for the particular category and type of meter 8. Four of the six Ausgrid proposed meter hardware prices fell well within the Marsden Jacob Associates (MJA) maximums 9 : Accumulation 3 phase Direct Connected - Ausgrid proposed $96.09 against MJA maximum of $ Interval 1 phase Direct Connected - Ausgrid proposed $88.06 against MJA maximum of $ Interval 1 phase Dual Element Direct Connected - Ausgrid proposed $ against MJA maximum of $150.0 Interval 3 phase Direct Connected - Ausgrid proposed $ against MJA maximum of $ Two of the six Ausgrid proposed meter hardware prices were outside the Marsden Jacob Associates maximums 10 : Single Phase Direct Connected Accumulation Meter which exceeded the maximum by $0.06 ($23.06 versus the $23.00 maximum) Three Phase, Current transformer connected interval meter ($ versus the $ maximum) which represents a comparatively small volume of meters purchased. Ausgrid considers the Marsden Jacob approach appropriately consistent with Ausgrid s holistic metering business and existing prudent and efficient practices. The only meter that fell materially outside the Marsden Jacob review was the most complex three phase current transformer connected meter where the price of $519 (nominal) is inclusive of an onboard modem to align to Ausgrid s solution for these sites. The total cost of $519 inclusive of a modem is competitive and provides for an overall safe and efficient solution. 5.1 Revised metering capex The capital costs by driver associated with new and modified connections, reactive replacements and proactive replacements are shown in Table 5, and are unchanged from Ausgrid s initial proposal. Table 5: New, upgrade and replacement capex FY15 - FY19 ($ million, $ 2013/14, no cost escalators applied) Capex category FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 TOTAL Capex New and upgrade connections Reactive replacement Proactive replacement %20Provision%20of%20advice%20in%20relation%20to%20alternative%20control%20services%20-%2020%20October% pdf 9 Marsden Jacob report, table 15, Summary of Proposed Meter Costs 10 Marsden Jacob report, table 15, Summary of Proposed Meter Costs 11 New & Upgrade Connections capex is recovered through the Upfront Charge from FY16 10

13 Ausgrid has applied updated cost escalators to all forecast capex, with the impact shown in Table 6 below. Also presented are shared capital expenditure associated with shared IT, furniture, plant and non-system assets that are allocated to Type 5 and 6 metering services using the CAM. Table 6: Meter capex by asset class FY15 - FY19 ($ million, $ 2013/14, cost escalators applied) Asset Class FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 TOTAL Customer Metering and Load Control Customer Metering (digital) Furniture, fittings, plant and equipment Land (non-system) Other non-system assets IT systems Motor vehicles Buildings Equity raising costs Total Table 7 shows the capital contributions related to the new and upgrade connections capex from FY16 onwards (recovered through the upfront charges). Table 7: Capital Contributions for New and Upgrade Connections from FY16 - FY19 ($ million, $ 2013/14, cost escalators applied) Asset Class FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 TOTAL Customer Metering and Load Control Customer Metering (digital) Total Meter volumes To develop forecast expenditure for the next five year period, we have forecast volumes over the next 5 year regulatory period in the following categories; New and modified connections; Reactive replacement volumes; and 11

14 Proactive replacement volumes. Ausgrid supplies different meters, dependent on the physical supply arrangements at the customer s premises. Table 8 describes the different types of meters that Ausgrid currently provides. Table 8: Different type 5 and 6 meters sourced by Ausgrid Meter Code Meter Type Description B1 Type 6 Single phase, direct connected, accumulation meter B3 Type 6 Three phase, direct connected, accumulation meter E1 Type 5 Single phase, direct connected interval meter E2 Type 5 Single phase, dual element, direct connected interval meter E3 Type 5 Three phase, direct connected interval meter E4 Type 5 Three phase, current transformer connected interval meter The AER has accepted Ausgrid s proposal in relation to the forecast of new and upgrade connections, reactive and proactive replacement volumes for Ausgrid has not made any changes to these volumes in the revised proposal. 6 Revenue Requirements for the Type 5 and 6 Metering Service In the sections above we have discussed how we have established the value of the existing meter asset base and the basis of developing forecast capital expenditure and operating costs. These are inputs into the calculation of the revenue we are proposing for the provision of Type 5 and 6 metering services for the next five years. This revenue requirement is the basis for the annual prices that we propose to charge customers. In addition to the direct capital expenditure forecast for Type 5 and 6 metering services, there is an allocation of shared capex recoverable through Alternative Control Services (as per the CAM). The annual amounts of shared capital expenditure allocated to Type 5 and 6 metering services are shown in Table 7 above. The AER accepted our building block approach to determine the future revenue requirements for Type 5 and 6 metering services. The building block approach calculates the total revenue requirements by summing up the return of and on capital, annual operating expenditure requirements and other costs (such as tax and incentive schemes). In the revised proposal, Ausgrid has maintained this approach but has revised the Weighted Average Cost of Capital (WACC) in line with SCS to 8.85% (nominal vanilla). The impact of the revised Metering RAB, capex, opex and WACC results in an update to the revenue requirement for metering shown in Table 9. Table 9: Building block revenue components ($ million, nominal) Building Block FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 Return on capital

15 Return of asset (regulatory depreciation) Opex Carry-over amounts Benchmark Tax liability Revenue Requirement It should be noted that the revenue we forecast to collect from multiplying the Type 5 and 6 metering services prices and customer volumes is slightly below the total building block revenue shown in Table 9. The variation is due to the way we have allocated revenue to the various metering service components to achieve cost-reflective prices. For example, we have allocated meter maintenance revenue based on the number of meters per tariff, whereas revenue required for meter reading costs has been allocated by meter type and meter reading frequency. 7 Annual Prices for Type 5 and 6 Metering Services Ausgrid proposed a single set of annual prices for all new and upgrade customers (post 1 July 2015) and existing (pre 1 July 2015) customers, and has retained this approach as part of the revised proposal. Ausgrid reviewed the AER s preference for charging new and upgrade customers differently to existing customers, but found this approach to be unjustified. Our modelling resulted in an immaterial difference between new and existing customers each year.additionally, it would be costly and impractical to implement this approach given the significant IT system changes required in such short time (i.e. by 1 July 2015). As a result, Ausgrid maintains the position of a single set of annual charges applicable to all Type 5 and 6 metering customers. The revision to the metering revenue requirement has triggered an update to the schedule of annual prices. In addition, the prices have been impacted by an update to customer volumes (Network Access Charge volumes) which are also used for Standard Control Services prices. The approach to the calculation of the prices has not changed since the initial proposal. The revised annual charge prices can be found in Table 10. Table 10: Type 5 and 6 Metering Annual Charges (c/day, nominal) Network Tariff Code EA010 EA025 EA030, EA040 EA050 EA225 EA302 Tariff Name FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 Residential Inclining Block Residential ToU Controlled Load Small Business Inclining Block Small Business ToU LV MWh ToU (System)

16 GENR, GGENR, GGENR2, NGENR, NGENR2 Generator Tariff New and Upgrade Connections Upfront Charge Ausgrid s proposed upfront charges were not accepted by the AER based on the meter hardware unit costs. In line with the justification provided above in Section 5, Ausgrid contends that current meter hardware costs are prudent and efficient and therefore has not revised its proposal to make any changes to the meter hardware component of the upfront charge. With regards to non-material costs which relate to labour costs (e.g. logistics, meter testing etc.), the AER accepted Ausgrid s proposed labour costs. Ausgrid s revised upfront charge includes changes to the cost escalators applicable and also the updated WACC. The revised schedule of charges is shown in Table 11. Table 11: New and Upgrade Upfront Charge (nominal) Meter Code Meter Description FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 B1 B3 Single Phase Single Element Two Wire Direct Connected Accumulation Watt-hour Meter Three Phase Single Element Four Wire Direct Connected Accumulation Watt-hour Meter E1 Single Phase Single Element Two Wire Direct Connected Interval Watt-hour Meter E2 Single Phase Dual Element Two Wire Direct Connected Interval Watt-hour Meter E3 Three Phase Single Element Four Wire Direct Connected Interval Watt-hour Meter E4 Three Phase Single Element CT Connected Interval Watthour Meter

17 9 Customer Exits Meter Transfer Fee Ausgrid s fee for customer exits initially comprised of two components, the stranded asset cost and the administration cost. The AER rejected our initial approach and prices on the basis that an exit fee would create a barrier to competition. It should be noted that the recovery of these costs were not addressed in the AER s Stage 1 Framework & Approach paper 12, and therefore Ausgrid took steps to develop an approach for the Regulatory Proposal in May The AER has proposed that a new Standard Control Service be created to allow DNSPs to recoup the stranded asset costs created by competition at the time a customer swithces to an alternate metering service provider. Ausgrid accepts the AER s position in relation to the stranded asset costs being recovered through Standard Control Services. As for the administrative costs, Ausgrid proposes a new Meter Transfer Fee which relates to the administrative requirement to change system records to reflect the changed status, the return of the meter and the processing costs of relaying this information from Ausgrid systems to market participants. The AER stated, We maintained the classification and control mechanism for the administration cost component as an alternative control service with a price cap for the individual service 13. Ausgrid accepts the AER s position in relation to a Meter Transfer Fee (administration cost) being recovered through Alternative Control Services. However, while the AER, accepted in principle that Ausgrid should be allowed to charge an exit fee based on incremental administrative costs incurred to process a customer transfer, Ausgrid did not adequately demonstrate they will incur incremental administrative costs 14. On this basis the AER rejected the recovery of administrative costs pending further justification from Ausgrid. In the section that follows, Ausgrid details the cost-reflective administrative elements of the proposed Meter Transfer Fee in accordance with the criteria originally set out by the AER of being an efficient and reasonable cost of processing the consumer transfer to another Responsible Person. Justification of the Meter Transfer Fee The Meter Transfer Fee of $36 (nominal) is predominantly driven by the incremental step of updating the non- Ausgrid metering information (including load control details) into Ausgrid s metering systems to allow network billing activities to occur. This incremental step is outside of the core business processes when dealing exclusively with Ausgrid assets and was accurately reflected in the initial proposal. The fee level also aligned with the recommendation from the Marsden Jacob report. The AER state that To demonstrate that Ausgrid will face incremental costs, we consider that it would have to show a reasonable forecast of additional staff they expect to hire over the regulatory period to process customer transfers 15. Ausgrid considers it difficult to form a judgement on how and when metering competition will affect customer churn. It has been determined an average of 927 (Type 1-4) sites transferred from TCA MP (Ausgrid) to an alternate meter provider in the last financial year. As a business we will need to be able to support the request for service and action all notifications in a timely manner. Over the course of the next regulatory period, Ausgrid anticipates that economies of scale will realise efficiencies in the current manual handling processing time. Defined below is the current process to be undertaken by our Installation Data Operations (IDO) / Meter Data Operations (MDO) group and our Metering Operations group: 1. Customer initiates a change in their metering provider/type via the retailer. 2. The electricity retailer raises a change request in the Market Settlement and Transfer Solution (MSATS) business system. 12 AER, Draft Determination Attachment 16 Alternative Control Services, November 2014, p AER, Draft Determination Attachment 16 Alternative Control Services, November 2014, p AER, Draft Determination Attachment 16 Alternative Control Services, November 2014, p AER, Draft Determination Attachment 16 Alternative Control Services, November 2014, p

18 3. Ausgrid is notified from Market Settlement and Transfer Solution (MSATS) business system of the pending loss notification. 4. The Retailer then raises a work order to an Accredited AEMO Metering Provider who should also be an ASP to remove Ausgrid s asset and install their own equipment. 5. The work is completed in the field. 6. The Ausgrid IDO group, receives the notification of service works (NOSW) from the ASP outlining the changes that took effect at the premises. 7. The IDO group update the metering removal in the Meter Configuration System (MCS). 8. The IDO/Meter Data Provider (MDP) will receive the request to then update the new metering details (for the non-ausgrid asset) into the Metering Business System (MBS), which will allow network billing activities to occur. This is a manual process with an average of 927 tasks processed in the past 12 months in our Type 1-4 metering business Ausgrid will not absorb these costs as a BAU function 9. Ausgrid s MDP group will produce the meter churn (change over) data which is then delivered to the new MDP and Retailer for billing purposes via the B2B system. 10. The ASP returns the Ausgrid removed asset back to the designated Ausgrid site charges are passed to Ausgrid by the ASP for returning the meter. 11. Ausgrid will transport the meter to the meter handling warehouse located at Rhodes. The warehouse supervisor will sort and clean the returned meters and determine if the meter is for scrap or refurbishment. In conjunction with the justification for the administration cost, we note that Ausgrid s proposed Meter Transfer Fee is consistent with the maximum fee stated in the Marsden Jacob report commissioned by the AER 16. For example, Marsden Jacob reviewed the Ausgrid proposed labour rate and time taken in making its recommendation to the AER. In Figure 1 below, Marsden Jacob recommended values that they believe reflect the efficient provision of this service (refer to far right column). These recommended prices align with Ausgrid s originally proposed costs. Figure 1: Extract from Marsden Jacob Associates Report Administration Cost 16 The AER engaged Marsden Jacobs Associates to prepare Provision of advice in relation to Alternative Control Services PUBLIC VERSION 16

19 Also extracted from the Marsden Jacob report; we recommend that the total labour rates which apply to administration processing of meter exits should be capped at $89.06 (hourly rate). The total labour rate proposed is consistent with market salary rates for administration and processing positions and includes standard on-costs and overheads of 50%. We also recommend that the time taken to perform each exit should, on average, be capped at 0.40 hours. 17 Ausgrid s proposed Meter Transfer fee is in-line with the maximum fee stated in the Marsden Jacob report, and thus meets the AER s criteria of being efficient and reasonable. Having met the AER s requirements, Ausgrid reaffirms the proposed Meter Transfer fee of $36 (nominal) in the revised proposal, with the price up to FY19 shown in Table 12 below. Table 12: Meter Transfer Fee (nominal) Meter Service FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 Meter Transfer Fee This is based on the initially proposed labour rate of $84.60 ($ 2013/14), for a Grade 8 Administrative/Clerical Officer inclusive of on-costs and overheads, and 0.40 hours handling time. Since the initial proposal, we have updated the prices to include new labour escalators which align with the AER Draft Determination. 10 Control Mechanism Price Cap Ausgrid accepts the AER s approach to the control mechanism to apply a cap on fee based metering services. However, Ausgrid seeks to clarify that individual price caps should apply to individual price schedules, and prices within them. That is, we consider 14 X-factors should be set as follows: Six X-factors for New & Upgrade Upfront Charges, one for each charge B1 through to E4 (see Table 13); Seven X-factors for Annual Prices, one for each tariff (see Table 14); and One X-factor for the Meter Transfer Fee (see Table 15). 17 Marsden Jacob report, pg 20 17

20 This is driven by differences in the construction of fees and charges; for instance, a high proportion of the Upfront Charge for New & Upgrade Connections related to meter hardware costs in contrast to the Meter Transfer Fee which is predominantly labour costs. As such, Ausgrid does not accept a nil X-factor as proposed in the Draft Determination as relevant internal labour, labour hire, contracted services and material escalators should apply. The proposed X-factors for each service are shown in Tables 13 to 15 below. Table 13: X-Factors for New & Upgrade Upfront Charge Meter Code Meter Description FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 B1 Single Phase Single Element Two Wire Direct Connected Accumulation Watt-hour Meter % -0.70% -0.81% -0.73% B3 Three Phase Single Element Four Wire Direct Connected Accumulation Watt-hour Meter % -0.27% -0.31% -0.28% E1 Single Phase Single Element Two Wire Direct Connected Interval Watt-hour Meter % -0.29% -0.34% -0.30% E2 Single Phase Dual Element Two Wire Direct Connected Interval Watt-hour Meter % -0.19% -0.22% -0.20% E3 Three Phase Single Element Four Wire Direct Connected Interval Watt-hour Meter % -0.14% -0.16% -0.15% E4 Three Phase Single Element CT Connected Interval Watthour Meter % -0.06% -0.07% -0.06% Table 14: X-Factors for Annual Prices Network Tariff Code EA010 Tariff Name FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 Residential Inclining Block % -0.65% -0.66% -0.76% EA025 Residential ToU % -0.44% -0.45% -0.51% EA030, EA040 Controlled Load % -0.89% -0.91% -1.04% EA050 Small Business Inclining Block % -0.72% -0.74% -0.85% EA225 Small Business ToU % -0.43% -0.44% -0.50% EA302 GENR, GGENR, GGENR2, LV MWh ToU (System) % -0.35% -0.36% -0.42% Generator Tariff % -0.77% -0.78% -0.90% 18

21 NGENR, NGENR2 Table 15: X-Factor for Meter Transfer Fee Meter Service FY15 FY16 FY17 FY18 FY19 Meter Transfer Fee % -1.40% -1.62% -1.44% As per the AER s Draft Determination and the clarification given above, Ausgrid confirms that the price cap should be calculated as follows: Where: is the cap on the price of service i in year t. is the price of service i in year t. i applies to each service, which for Type 5 and 6 metering correlates with individual prices within (i) the New and Upgrade Upfront Charge (Table 13); (ii) the Annual Prices (Table 14); and (iii) the Meter Transfer Fee (Table 15). CPI t is the percentage increase in the consumer price index (see below). X i t is the X-Factor for each service and price within. These apply to the price established (but not charged) for FY15. With regards to CPI, Ausgrid does not accept the calculation of CPI given in the draft decision by the AER. Ausgrid contends that CPI should be calculated in the same way CPI for Distribution SCS revenue is calculated, that is, based on four quarters of the year and not only the December quarter. See Attachment 9-01 Ausgrid s Response to AER Attachment 14 Control Mechanisms for standard Control Services. 19

22 Appendix 1 Relevant Attachments and Related Documents This attachment is accompanied by the attachments listed in Table A-1 below as part of Ausgrid s Revised Regulatory Proposal. These should be considered in context with Ausgrid s initial proposal submitted to the AER in May Where a revised attachment has not been provided, the initial proposal document versions apply (see Table A-2). These are available on the AER s website 18. Table A-1: Type 5 and 6 metering services, revised proposal supporting documents Attachment Number Attachment name Content Attachment 8.05 Revised Forecast opex for Type 5 & 6 metering Attachment 8.06 Revised Type 5 and 6 metering PTRM Provides the basis and model for establishing operating expenditure forecasts for FY15- FY19 period. Calculates the revenue requirement building blocks including the capital return, regulatory depreciation and tax for Type 5 & 6 metering services Attachment 8.07 Type 5 & 6 metering pricing model Incorporates the outputs of the Type 5 and 6 metering services PTRM, includes forecast operating expenditure and calculates revenue requirements and prices. It also includes the calculations that form the basis of determining the proposed; i. Meter Transfer fees, and ii. Upfront prices for Type 5 and Type 6 meters. Table A-2: Type 5 and 6 metering services, initial proposal supporting documents Attachment Number Attachment name Content Attachment 8.15 Type 5 and 6 Metering Services Proposal Ausgrid s initial proposal for Type 5 and 6 metering Attachment 8.16 Forecast opex for Type 5 & 6 metering Provides the basis for establishing operating expenditure forecasts for FY15- FY19 period. Attachment 8.17 Type 5 and 6 metering RAB Explains the process we used to establish the Type 5 and 6 metering services RAB. Attachment 8.18 Forecast capex for Type 5 & 6 metering Includes all data relevant to establishing forecasts for capital expenditure and includes data relating to metering configurations, volume forecasts for new and replacement meters, proactive and reactive meters, results of survey data for meters failing sample testing

23 Attachment 8.19 Type 5 and 6 metering PTRM Calculates the capital return and tax for Type 5 & 6 metering services Attachment 8.20 Attachment 8.21 Attachment 8.25 Type 5 & 6 metering pricing model Energeia review of Ausgrid s metering tariff arrangements April 2014 Options for alternative control services true up mechanism Incorporates the outputs of the Type 5 and 6 metering services PTRM, includes forecast operating expenditure and calculates revenue requirements and prices. It also includes the calculations that form the basis of determining the proposed; i. Exist fees, and ii. Upfront prices for Type 5 and Type 6 meters. Energeia s findings following a review of our proposed approaches, methodologies and resulting proposal for Types 5 and 6 metering services. Describes options to account for under/over recovery in the 2014/15 transitional year. 21

24 Attachment 8.08 Revisions to the Ancillary Network Services Proposal January 2015 Ausgrid revised regulatory proposal attachment

25 Contents 1 Background AER Draft Determination Costs to Deliver Ancillary Network Services Labour Cost Inputs Justification for Individual Services Metering Related Ancillary Network Services Connection Related Ancillary Network Services Control Mechanism Appendix 1 Revised ANS Fees and Prices Appendix 2 List of Attachments and Related Documents Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

26 1 Background Ancillary Network Services is a new term developed by the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to group classes of services provided by NSW distribution businesses. The AER defines Ancillary Network Services as non-routine services provided to individual customers on an 'as needs' basis. Examples of these services include providing design related information for connections to be made to our network, special meter reads and site establishment fees. Ausgrid s initial proposal included cost reflective prices for each ancillary service as required by the AER. These services included new services identified by the AER s Stage 1 Framework and Approach paper which included the reclassification of services (from Standard Control Services) formerly known as Miscellaneous and Monopoly (M&M) fees as defined in the AER s Framework and Approach. Prices for most of the existing M&M fees were first set by the NSW economic regulator, the Independent Pricing and Regulatory Tribunal (IPART) of New South Wales in the late 1990s. IPART considered M&M services performed by NSW distribution businesses formed part of the standard services provided by NSW distribution businesses (called prescribed distribution services at that time). In establishing the charges for the services, IPART stated that the charges were calculated on an incremental basis 1, which in effect resulted in some costs being allocated to the provision of the broader category of network services. Since that time, costs have only been indexed with inflation every 5 years. As such, many of these services have been historically under-costed and subsidised by our Standard Control Services network charges. From 1 July 2015, the reclassification of these services to Alternative Control Services will have practical effect. Currently there are 22 service groups. From 1 July 2015, there will be 30 service groups, however within some groups there are multiple services and prices (services are either charged at a flat fee per service or in more complex cases via a quoted pricing structure). This change in classification seeks to ensure that customers generally (through network charges for Standard Control Services) do not continue to subsidise these activities specific to a small group of customers. Although many fees associated with Ancillary Network Services will increase to more accurately reflect true costs, the increases in prices are generally a result of removing costs that historically have been allocated to the provision of other services by Ausgrid. In other words, consistent with the AER s intentions, we have sought to remove cross subsidies and achieve prices that reflect actual costs delivered in an efficient manner. A corresponding decrease in costs from Ausgrid s Standard Control Services has occurred and is incorporated in Ausgrid s revenue cap. During the Framework and Approach consultation process the NSW DNSP s expressed concerns with the AER s proposed approach. Whilst a cross-subsidy existed, we were of the view that an immediate transition to the new classification would represent a significant impact to ANS customers: The NSW DNSPs flagged in their responses to the Consultation Paper that the current regulated schedule of fees and rates is not cost-reflective and that the potential price increases required to ensure cost reflectivity are likely to cause customer satisfaction issues. There are also likely to be discrepancies in pricing across the three NSW DNSPs given the different characteristics of the networks. 2 Ausgrid shared similar concerns raised by the other NSW DNSPs; that with the immediate shift to cost reflective pricing would lead to price increases in the order of hundreds of percent for some services and customers now being charged for new service fees that had been previously absorbed by operational expenditure or capitalised. This was due in large to the approach to pricing adopted by the regulator that constrained the pricing of ANS to CPI for over a decade, despite known real cost movements occurring over that time. Despite this, the services were re-classified and thus Ausgrid submitted cost-reflective prices that represented the efficient cost to provide these services. No alternative options were provided to Ausgrid to transition customers to the new prices. In giving effect to the new classification there will be instances of large increases, but equally there are instances of significant decreases such as the site establishment fee. 1 IPART Determination made under the National Electricity Code, December 1999, pg 86 2 NSW DNSPs Response to the AER s Preliminary Framework and Approach Paper, 17 August 2012, pg 31. Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

27 For reference, the following documents accompanied Ausgrid s initial Ancillary Network Services regulatory proposal: Ausgrid Ancillary network services proposal ; Ausgrid Metering related ANS models -2014; Ausgrid Connection related ANS models models; and Ausgrid Options for ACS true up The following attachments support Ausgrid s revised proposal and preliminary submission: Attachment 8.09 Ancillary Network Services models metering; and Attachment 8.10 Ancillary Network Services models - network services. These are listed in Appendix 2. 2 AER Draft Determination The AER s draft decision was to not accept some elements of our initially proposed prices in the draft determination as it considered they exceeded the efficient cost of providing these services, although the AER did accept the need to provide cost-reflective prices as described above: Our draft decision is to accept the step increase in charges for ancillary network services from those during This is because we have reclassified quoted and fee based activities from standard control services to alternative control services. The result is that customers choosing these services now bear the full costs of their provision rather than being subsidised by all electricity users. Nonetheless, customers will receive a small offsetting reduction in Ausgrid's standard control services revenue (and therefore tariffs) to compensate for this. 3 In reviewing the AER s detailed draft decision pertaining to Alternative Control Services in Attachment 16 the AER have rejected Ausgrid s proposed schedule of prices, mainly due to the cost inputs to the price models. The analysis was predominantly based on selective advice from the AER s consultant, Marsden Jacobs Associates, which suggested our overheads and labour rates are inefficient: Our draft decision is to not approve Ausgrid s proposed fees for ancillary network services. We consider the proposed fees are higher than fees based on maximum benchmark labour rates and overheads which we consider efficient for providing ancillary network services. 4 Ausgrid has not revised the labour rates or skill sets utilised to provide the services that were initially submitted to the AER in May 2014, and is only proposing to update ANS prices with most up-to-date cost escalators via externally recognised consultants CEG Competition Economics Group 5. These cost escalators are shown in Table 1 below: Table 1: Revised Cost Escalators (Real 2013/14) Cost Escalator 2014/ / / / /19 Labour (internal) 0.9% 0.9% 1.4% 1.6% 1.4% Labour Hire 0.7% 1.3% 1.3% 1.2% 1.2% Contracted Services 0.7% 1.3% 1.3% 1.2% 1.2% Materials 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% Other Costs 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 3 AER, Draft Decision Ausgrid distribution determination, Overview to , November 2014, pg 63 4 AER, Draft Decision Ausgrid distribution determination Attachment 16: Alternative Control Services, November 2014, pg 13 5 Attachment 5.15 CEG Material escalation for NSW DNSPs Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

28 Of the 30 services Ausgrid proposed, the AER only undertook a detailed assessment on a sample of 10 services that represent the most frequently requested services, specifically: special meter read meter test supply of conveyancing information (desk inquiry) supply of conveyancing information (field visit) off peak conversion disconnection site visit disconnection at meter box disconnection at pole top / pillar box reconnections access permits. For the remaining 20, the AER utilised the maximum benchmark labour rates and overheads as determined by Marsden Jacobs Associates. We do not consider significant revisions to the prices are required to address the matters raised by the AER in its draft decision for the following reasons: Ausgrid s raw internal labour rates are substantiated by actual information and are determined by the legally binding current Enterprise Bargaining Agreement 2012 (with escalation factors applied to labour rates to bring them to nominal dollars) and we consider they represent a cost-reflective and efficient price; The Ausgrid models that were modified by the AER to determine the AER draft decision for the ANS fees and rates are in 2012/13 dollar terms and not escalated to 2014/15. The AER modified models have changed the escalation factors for the base year to be 2014/15 fiscal year. As Ausgrid utilised 2012/13 as the base year for these models, this would leave the labour rates two years behind in dollar terms. The escalations applied to raw labour rates are determined by the Enterprise Bargaining Agreement from 2012 and are the most appropriate figures to be used; Ausgrid s methodology for determining service fee prices is prudent, efficient and robust; Ausgrid s overheads and on-costs were calculated and applied in accordance with the AER s approved Cost Allocation Methodology (CAM); The assessed time to undertake specific jobs have been analysed in detail, and as an input into our proposed efficient prices, these are reasonable and justifiable and the time taken to provide these services has seemingly been approved by the AER; and There are examples of unreasonable outcomes that are produced by relying significantly on benchmarking analysis such as the under-recovery of the cost of delivering these services. These outcomes are further invalidated as the AER has inconsistencies in the Draft Determination when referenced to Ausgrid s initial proposal. These issues are discussed in further detail in the following sections, and we have also clarified Ausgrid s position with respect to the applicable control mechanism for Fee Based Services and Quoted Services. 3 Costs to Deliver Ancillary Network Services Ausgrid s underlying methodology to developing prices remains as per our initial proposal. We have rejected the reductions suggested by the AER in the Draft Determination, and our revised proposal consists only of an update to input cost escalators (such as for internal labour, labour hire, materials and contracted services). As per our initial proposal, we have sought to develop our rates based on our historical data for providing these services. However, in some cases, this historic data was not available or was not at a sufficient level of detail to determine the historic costs of providing the particular service. As a result, we needed to use one of the three methods to determine the costs; Historical cost data - For a number of existing services that have an associated fee, we were able to identify incurred costs for providing the service and the numbers of services that historically have Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

29 been provided. For some services we identified the hours associated with providing the service (e.g. for the meter test service and off peak conversion service). Due to the historical data being clearly identifiable for those services, we utilised data from FY10 to FY13 to determine the cost of the service and established the corresponding cost-reflective price, unless there was a compelling reason to use a subset of the data for that period. This approach can be considered a top-down approach. Operating costs - This method involved using available data to establish an average cost to provide the service. In these instances, we were able to determine incurred costs associated with the provision of the services and usually also the number of services that have historically been provided. For some services, the historic costs may not have been recorded at a service-by-service level and we needed to apportion historic costs between several services. For example, the backoffice costs associated with meter tests and meter investigations are not separately recorded and we allocated these costs based on the average handling time (AHT), resulting in 60% of back office costs being allocated to meter tests and 40% to meter investigations. This approach uses some approximations, assumptions and interim calculations and is therefore not considered as pure an approach as the top-down method given above. Bottom up approach - For services where we were unable to reliably extract tracked historical data, a bottom up approach was used. In these circumstances, we had available data of the total costs for a service group, but the data was not distinguishable between the 50 service (and chargeable) components. This method was applicable for new Ancillary Network Services. The method relied on identifying the type of employee who carries out the service, with an average hourly rate and estimating the time taken to carry out that service. We sought to utilise a limited number of labour classes, consistent with IPART s previous approach. More detail on the method used to establish labour rates is provided in Section 3.1 below. We are proposing charges that will recover the efficient costs only and there is no additional margin added to the proposed charges Labour Cost Inputs Ausgrid maintains the justification of labour cost inputs presented in the initial proposal. To reiterate our initial position and method, we highlight the following: We established 5 labour rates by considering the labour categories that Ausgrid utilises to provide the service and we determined an appropriate midpoint of skill level that provides the service (see Table 2); Labour rates are based on averages of labour from work groups (i.e. cost centres) involved in providing the related Ancillary Network Service, rather than an average across Ausgrid s whole business; We ve proposed two new labour rates to accommodate for new services: Field Worker (R4) - this rate is associated with new Ancillary Network Services (that previously were excluded services ) and is proposed as a lower rate than the engineering and technical specialist rates (R2 and R3); and Senior Engineer (R5) - this rate is associated with senior engineering expertise required for Major Customer connections; After establishing the labour rates associated with each labour category (R1 to R5), we have determined the labour on-costs and overheads associated with the relevant functional groups providing the services. We have done this based on FY13 costs. Labour on-costs relate to leave, superannuation, and defined benefits entitlements as well as workers compensation provision and payroll tax. Overheads relate to the divisional and branch management costs and include costs such as vehicles, computers, phones etc.; Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

30 Table 2: Method for establishing labour rates R1 R5 Ausgrid Classifications Applicable Paypoints Proposed Category Paypoint AER Rate Admin & Clerical Officer - Grade 7 L2 28 Admin Support PP28 R1 Electricity Supply Operative Level Technician Level 4 19 Substation Technician - L5 22 Cable Jointer - L7 23 Field Worker PP24 Lineworker - L7 23 (New) (Jtr/LW 8) R4 Metering Technician - L4 24 Average of PPs 23 Senior Substation Technician - L1 25 Median 23 Senior Substation Technician - L3 29 Lineworker Glove & Barrier 31 Protection Technician - L6 32 Emergency Services Officer - L6 32Y Installation Inspector - L4 35 (Old Inspector) Engineering Officer - L3 37 (Old Design) Admin & Clerical Officer - Grade 9 L2 38 Technical Specialist PP40 R2 Admin & Clerical Officer - Grade 10 L2 43 (New) Protection Field Coordinator 38 Average of PPs 37 Compliance Officer - L3 40 Median 38 Senior Installation Inspector 40 District Operator - L2 41 Average of PPs 48 Engineering Officer - L6 46 Median 49 Engineering Officer - L7 49 Engineer B2 L2 R3 Engineer - B2-L2 49 (Old Engineer) Engineer - B2-L4 55 Enterprise Agreement - L1 Enterprise Agreement - L2 N/A Senior Engineer EA L2 N/A R5 Senior Legal Counsel N/A (New) In undertaking this process, Ausgrid was able to establish labour input costs that are prudent and efficient through the manner in which they were constructed, and when compared using our own analysis against other DNSPs. In contrast, the AER made significant reductions to our proposed ANS fees utilising benchmarking analysis of the labour costs provided by Marsden Jacobs Associates. Moreover, the AER made the reductions by substituting Ausgrid s labour rates with labour costs below Marsden Jacob s identified costs 6. Whilst we acknowledge that benchmarking is an available assessment tool we consider it to be of limited value in forecasting practical and efficient service delivery. The Marsden Jacobs analysis suggests Ausgrid is on the higher end of the maximum allowable benchmark labour rates (inclusive of on-costs and overheads): We reviewed Ausgrid s proposed fees for ancillary network services and the methodologies used by Ausgrid to calculate these fees. Based on our analysis of Ausgrid s proposed methodologies, the main concerns are the cost inputs to the methodologies. Where there are 6 AER draft decision Attachment 16: Alternative Control Services, November 2014, pg Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

31 inefficiencies in actual historical costs these will be carried through in the derivation of proposed fees. 7 Ausgrid submits that there are issues concerning the accuracy and reliability of the AER s approach to benchmarking 8. This is demonstrated by the spectrum of results produced by the AER s benchmarking. We do not consider the techniques are sufficiently refined enough to be relied upon to such a degree. As an example, the application of the Marsden Jacobs analysis ignores the fact that Ausgrid cannot access a national or international labour market. It is not clear if the results are driven by lower labour rates in other states, countries or industries. As such, Ausgrid contests that it cannot obtain the rates as described in the Marsden Jacob analysis based on the local labour rates for the qualifications required by each Ancillary Network Service. In contrast, Ausgrid s proposed raw labour rates (excluding on-costs and overheads) that were analysed and benchmarked using the Marsden Jacobs Associates report fell within labour rate ranges: Table sets out Marsden Jacob s recommended labour rates; Ausgrid s proposed raw labour rates fell within these ranges, except for administration support and senior engineer. 9 Therefore this further contributes to the questionable application of benchmarking by the AER to total labour rates, as application of overheads and on-costs can differ between DNSPs. Ausgrid s on-costs and overheads have been applied using the AER approved Cost Allocation Methodology (CAM). 4 Justification for Individual Services The AER raised issues with specific services in section of the Draft Determination, and referred also to matters raised by external stakeholder submissions. Ausgrid acknowledge that the AER used a range of assessment techniques in making their determination. As such, we consider it would be prudent to also utilise a number of techniques in forming a view and not to rely heavily on a single measure or benchmarking report (i.e. Marsden Jacob report). This is of particular importance when there are substantive differences between the amount Ausgrid and the AER consider to be efficient Ausgrid s position in response to the specific matters raised by the AER is detailed below. Services have been categorised as relating either to Ausgrid s metering service (section 4.1), or connection service (section 4.2). 4.1 Metering Related Ancillary Network Services Ancillary Network Service 1a - Site Establishment The AER supports Ausgrid s Regulatory Proposal fee of $52.59 (nominal). Ausgrid did not submit in our initial proposal that the site establishment fee will be charged to a customer s Accredited Service Provider (ASP). Whilst this is currently the method of charging, we remained silent on who the fee should be levied against going forward. Currently, ASPs charge the customer a site establishment fee when levied against the ASP. In the past, retailers could not be charged this fee as in some cases it was the local retailer who defaulted as the retailer for new installations (i.e. where a retailer was not nominated at the application stage, but may not have necessarily been the retailer once the customer moved into the premise). Due to a MSATS system change in May 2014 where NMIs cannot be published to MSATS until approval is gained by the retailer, Ausgrid now proposes that the site establishment fee should be levied against the retailer subject to Ausgrid's business processes because it is now the retailer who must submit an Allocate NMI B2B service order. We will consider this proposal further and consult with stakeholders before making any final decision. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed fee of $52.40 (nominal). 7 AER draft decision Attachment 16: Alternative Control Services, November 2014, pg AER draft decision Attachment 16: Alternative Control Services, November 2014, pg AER draft decision Attachment 16: Alternative Control Services, November 2014, pg Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

32 Ancillary Network Service 2a & 6a - Special Meter Reading/Move In-Move Out Reads The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed fee of $9.74 (nominal), and replaced it with a fee of $9.69 (nominal). Ausgrid s internal benchmarking against other DNSP fees (across multiple states) reveal Ausgrid to have the most competitive rate, and therefore it is unclear why the AER has nominated a 0.5% cut to this rate. Supporting Ausgrid s rationale, AGL proposed that $9.74 was a fair and reasonable fee for this service. Ausgrid s special read price includes all associated data processing inclusive of Type 5 and 6. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators results in the proposed fee of $9.73 (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 2b - Meter Test Fee The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed fee of $ (nominal), and replaced it with a fee of $ (nominal). We support our initial proposal where we have employed a top-down modelling approach, based on historical costs. The first point of note is that the AER have rejected Ausgrid s labour rate and replaced it with figures provided by Marsden Jacob Associates. Our explanation of how our internal labour rates are determined is provided above in section 3.1. There is a significant reduction in the labour rate for an administrative worker (R1) which has been reduced from Ausgrid s proposed labour rate of $ to a rate of $ As this is a technical task completed by our technical staff (R2), the labour rate incorrectly adopted by Marsden Jacob is that of a field worker (R4). Ausgrid contend that the labour rate proposed in our original proposal is correct; the time taken in the field to perform the task takes 3 hours as well as a necessary administration component of 0.66 hours. The AER have suggested a range of meter fees may be appropriate, which would reduce the cost for residential customers. Ausgrid argue that residential customers have more meters per site than business customers due to the prevalence of controlled load metering and past meter configuration policies (e.g. the use of three single phase meters on site rather than a single 3 phase meter). In addition, due to Ausgrid s 15-40MWh per annum meter rollout many business customers would have already had a meter upgrade to the new minimal meter configuration. As all meters need to be tested per NMI, and there is the likelihood that residential sites will have multiple meters on site, Ausgrid contend that our testing methodology (i.e. one fee per NMI) results in a fairer outcome for residential customers. A component of the 3 hours taken to complete a meter test is devoted to explaining the process to the customer, which we undertake to ensure customer satisfaction and their understanding of the testing process. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed fee of $ (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 2e - Type 5-7 non-standard Meter Data Services The AER support Ausgrid s proposed fee of $13.83 (nominal). In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed fee of $13.95 (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 2f - Emergency Maintenance of Failed Metering Equipment The AER support Ausgrid s proposed fee of $ (nominal). In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed fee of $ (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 3a - Off Peak Conversion The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed fee of $ (nominal), and replaced it with a fee of $ (nominal). Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

33 A point of note is that the AER have rejected Ausgrid s labour rates and replaced them with figures provided by Marsden Jacobs. As this is a technical task completed by our Emergency Services Officers (R2), the labour rate incorrectly adopted by Marsden Jacob is that of a field worker (R4). Ausgrid maintains that the labour rate proposed is correct; the time taken in the field to perform the task is 1 hour as well as a necessary administration component to verify that the meter conversion can take place. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed fee of $ (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 4a - Disconnection/Reconnection Site Visit The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed fee of $42.10 (nominal), and replaced it with a fee of $41.89 (nominal). It is unclear why the AER has nominated a 0.5% cut to Ausgrid s proposed fee. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed fee of $42.40 (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 4b - Disconnection/Reconnection Disconnection Completed The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed fee of $ (nominal), and replaced it with a fee of $66.90 (nominal). This decision appears inconsistent compared to Ancillary Service number 11a - Vacant Property Reconnect/Disconnect (where the AER has approved a unit cost of $ for this service). This service is fundamentally similar to service 4b, which Ausgrid proposed a price of $ (nominal). Service 4b and 11a unit costs were derived by applying a top down approach and reflect an immaterial difference. The proposed AER $66.90 (nominal) cost for this service does not appear a fair reflection of the additional time taken to complete the subsequent reconnection service. The unit cost of $66.90 approximates to 0.5 hours of work for both disconnection and reconnection. Elements of this fee include travel time to the site to disconnect, locating an adequate point of disconnection, negotiating disconnection with the customer, obtaining and validating the disconnection reading and confirming correct installation details (e.g. in a block of units), plus revisiting the site for subsequent reconnection activities. Ausgrid sought clarification from the AER regarding the time taken to complete this service 10. Although the AER have approved the 0.5 hours required to complete the disconnection, a similar time (and fee) should be levied regarding the reconnection component. This is justified from the Marsden Jacob report stating Based on the benchmark time taken by ActewAGL and Essential (0.93 hrs) reduce the time taken for disconnection at the meter box for Ausgrid to 0.50 hrs unless compelling justification is provided by the business (for example, if the technology employed by the business is more complex than the two benchmark businesses) 11. In this case, we would need to levy a disconnect fee and a subsequent reconnect fee to remain consistent with our other disconnection services. Ausgrid s preference is that a single fee be adopted at the time of disconnection for the complete service. Ausgrid assert that to safely and effectively complete this service (both disconnection and reconnection), our original proposed time of 1.03 hours be accepted in place of the revised 0.5 hours. Were we to adopt the AER s position, if the $66.90 was to be separated into the two components (disconnect and reconnect), this would result in each component being less than the $42.12 (nominal) site visit fee which is illogical. As above, Ausgrid has provided further justification for this service and contend the initially proposed fee is a fair indication of the cost involved with the disconnection and reconnection of a customer. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed fee of $ (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 4c - Disconnection/Reconnection Technical Disconnect The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed fee of $ (nominal), and replaced it with a fee of $ (nominal). It is unclear why the AER has nominated a 0.5% cut to Ausgrid s proposed fee. An element of the 10 Ausgrid AER 001 Metering Request, 9 December Marsden Jacobs Associates report - Provision of advice in relation to Alternative Control Services, page 12 Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

34 time taken for this service is to obtain and validate the disconnection reading as well as complete the disconnection. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed fee of $ (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 4d - Disconnection/Reconnection Pillar/Pole Disconnection The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed fee of $ (nominal), and replaced it with a fee of $ (nominal). Ausgrid employ three people to perform this service, where one employee liaises with the customer regarding the disconnection process. A further two employees are required to operate an elevated work platform (EWP) and implement a traffic control plan as necessitated by Ausgrid s safety protocols and WHS requirements. At reconnection, an EWP and traffic control are again required. We note that the Ancillary Network Service 4e Disconnection/Reconnection Pillar/Pole Site Visit fee has been accepted by the AER as an adequate fee where this task only includes one visit to the customer s premise and the traffic control plan may not be implemented should the disconnection not proceed (for a variety of reasons, including last minute cancellation of the disconnection by the Retailer). Ausgrid questions the AER s methodology in calculating this fee (for a successful disconnection and subsequent reconnection) being less than a Disconnection/ Reconnection Pillar/Pole Site Visit. It is envisaged that this fee should be used as a last resort by Retailers, once all other avenues of disconnection and debt recovery have been attempted and should only be requested where it is of financial benefit to the Retailer. Ausgrid maintain that reducing the fee to the AER s proposed price would send the wrong signal to Retailers that this is a mainstream activity. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators results in the proposed fee of $ (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 4e - Disconnection/Reconnection Pillar/Pole Site Visit The AER support Ausgrid s proposed fee of $ (nominal). To ensure consistency with other disconnection services, Ausgrid would like to confirm the terminology used in the Draft Determination around this service is Disconnection/Reconnection Pillar/Pole Site Visit, rather than the proposed AER response being De-energisation/Re-energisation-Pillar/Pole (Failed). In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators results in the proposed fee of $ (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 4f - Reconnection Outside Business Hours The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed fee of $96.79 (nominal), and replaced it with a fee of $96.29 (nominal). It is unclear why the AER has nominated a 0.5% cut to Ausgrid s proposed fee. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators results in the proposed fee of $95.53 (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 5a - Network Tariff Change request The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed fee of $47.06 (nominal). No alternative fee has been nominated. A point of note is that the terminology that the AER is using of Network Tariff Change invalid request is not correct and it should be defined as Network tariff change request. We disagree with the AER s statement in relation to the Retailer having no visibility to determine if the request is valid, due to Ausgrid s Network Tariff policy being publically available on the Ausgrid website which outlines the eligibility criteria for each tariff and the actual tariff currently applied is visible via MSATS. Ausgrid s policy intent is to review network tariffs annually and this fee will be levied for valid requests outside the standard network annual review. Ausgrid propose to only levy this fee when valid requests are received. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators results in the proposed fee of $46.89 (nominal). Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

35 Ancillary Network Service 8a - Recovery of Debt Collection Costs The AER support Ausgrid s proposed fee of $24.42 (nominal). In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators results in the proposed fee of $24.40 (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 10a - Attendance to perform a statutory right where access is prevented The AER support Ausgrid s proposed fee of $74.66 (nominal). In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators results in the proposed fee of $75.32 (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 11a - Vacant Property Reconnect/Disconnect The AER support Ausgrid s proposed fee of $ (nominal). It is considered in the Retailer s best interest to ensure vacant sites are disconnected, so that power is not being consumed by unknown customers. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators results in the proposed fee of $ (nominal). Ancillary Network Service 11b - Vacant Property Reconnect/Disconnect Site Visit The AER support Ausgrid s proposed fee of $34.78 (nominal). In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators results in the proposed fee of $34.73 (nominal). Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

36 4.2 Connection Related Ancillary Network Services Ancillary Network Service 01 - Design Related Services The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed design fees. Alternative fees have been substituted, with the new proposed labour rates with the time taken to perform the service (hours proposed) remaining the same. Ausgrid maintains our initial proposal where we have employed a bottom up modelling approach, based on historical costs. The first point of note is that the AER have rejected Ausgrid s labour rates and replaced them with figures provided by Marsden Jacob. There is a significant reduction in the proposed labour rates which significantly varies all the proposed design service fees. It should be noted that there was a misinterpretation on a number of the design related fees, these have been listed below: 1. Design Information services for Underground commercial and industrial or rural subdivisions (vacant lots - no development), Commercial and industrial developments, Asset relocation or street lighting have not been allocated fees/rates in the AER s draft decision (table ); 2. Design Certification services for Commercial and industrial developments, Asset relocation or street lighting have not been allocated fees/rates in the AER s draft decision (table ); 3. Design Certification is not a single service but made up of multiple certification services - fee and quoted - thus should not have a singular fee allocated to it. Design Certification is associated with common project types i.e. Underground urban residential subdivision (vacant lots) which has multiple rates/fees associated with it up to 5 lots $357.56, 6-10 lots $ (FY ) etc. Each of the services associated with design certification should have individual fees allocated (see Figure 1 below). Figure 1: Design Certification excerpt of Table 8 from Attachment 8.22 Ancillary Network Services Proposal of Ausgrid s initial proposal. Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

37 The services underground urban residential subdivision (vacant lots), Rural overhead subdivisions and rural extensions, and Underground commercial and industrial or rural subdivisions (vacant lots - no development) have also been incorrectly allocated fees, i.e. the AER has provided the summation of up to 5 lots, 6 to 10 lots, lots and over 40 lots for each of the services mentioned above which is incorrect. These need to be listed as individual fees as shown Figure 1. Design Rechecking should have been split as per Ausgrid's initial Ancillary Network Services Proposal (see Figure 2). Design rechecking services are performed by different employees dependent on the connection/project type. Figure 2: Design Rechecking excerpt of Table 8 from Attachment 8.22 Ancillary Network Services Proposal of Ausgrid s initial proposal In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed design service fees shown in Table A-3 of Appendix 1. Ancillary Network Service 02a, b - ASP Inspections Services The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed ASP inspection fees. Alternative fees have been nominated using the AER s proposed labour rates with the time taken to perform the service (hours proposed) remaining the same. These proposed alternative fees have been misinterpreted and have excluded a number of fees from Ausgrid s initial proposal. See Figure 3 for the fees associated with ASP inspection services. Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

38 Figure 3: ASP Inspection Services excerpt of Table 8 from Attachment 8.22 Ancillary Network Services Proposal of Ausgrid s initial proposal. In summary, shown in Figure 3, for Inspection of Service Work by Level 1 ASPs: 1. Underground urban residential subdivision (vacant lots) fees depend upon the ASP grade and the number of lots; 2. Rural overhead subdivisions and rural extensions fees also depend upon ASP grade and the number of lots; and 3. Underground commercial and industrial or rural subdivisions (vacant lots no development) Fees depend upon ASP grade and the number of lots. In this revised proposal, the updated cost escalators result in the proposed ASP Inspection service fees shown in Table A-3 of Appendix 1. Ancillary Network Service 03 - Re-inspection Services and 04 - Substation Commissioning The AER has rejected Ausgrid s proposed Re-inspection Services and Substation Commissioning fees. Alternative fees have been nominated using the AER s proposed labour rates with the time taken to perform the service (hours proposed) remaining the same. Ausgrid Revised Regulatory Proposal Attachment

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