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Who regulates Western Power?

Our current regulators

  • Economic Regulation Authority (ERA) - an independent body, reporting directly to State Parliament.  The primary review functions performed by the ERA include the access arrangement and Western Power’s technical licenses
  • Public Utilities Office - this body sets the guiding rules for the ERA and sets overall energy policy for the State
  • EnergySafety - part of the Department of Consumer Protection. EnergySafety licenses electrical contractors and sets technical guidelines for the electricity network in relation to safety
  • Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)- controls the supply and trading of energy and electricity capacity in WA's Wholesale Electricity Market
  • Other bodies such as the Environmental Protection Authority and WorkSafe set guidelines, which determine how Western Power goes about its day-to-day work

Our proposed national regulators

  • Australian Energy Regulator (AER) - regulates energy markets and networks under national energy market legislation and rules
  • Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) - operates the energy markets and systems and also delivers planning advice to government. Took responsibility for market operations from the Independent Market Operator (IMO) in November 2015.

The main regulations and codes governing Western Power’s activities include: the Electricity Corporations Act 2005, the Code of Conduct for the Supply of Electricity to Small Use Customers, the Wholesale Electricity Market Rules, the Electricity Networks Access Code 2004 and the Electricity Industry (Code of Conduct) Regulations 2005.