On 5 March 2018 the ACCC commenced an inquiry into the Domestic Transmission Capacity Service (DTCS) including whether to extend, vary or revoke the DTCS declaration. The DTCS Inquiry seeks stakeholder views on a broad range of issues relevant to the transmission market.
The ACCC has released a further consultation paper on updating the DTCS service description. Industry participants, other stakeholders and the public more generally are encouraged to consider the changes outlined in the further consultation paper and to make submissions by 21 September 2018.
The ACCC will soon consider the competition criteria, state of competition and any other related issues in line with the DTCS service description (current or revised) as part of the second stage of the inquiry. Stakeholders seeking to make further written submissions on the competition criteria should provide them to the ACCC by 28 September 2018.
The ACCC will inform stakeholders prior to commencing the competition assessment if it is of the preliminary view that the service description should change following this consultation.
A draft decision setting out the ACCC’s preliminary findings will also be released for consultation later this year.
More information on the DTCS and the ACCC's regulation of the DTCS is available in our consumer guides.