Emerging technology in the energy sector

This page contains information on the emerging technology topic being considered as part of the input methodologies review.

The Commission is currently reviewing the input methodologies (IMs), which it is required to do within seven years of setting them.  We published our draft decisions papers, except for the Report on the IM review, on 16 June 2016. All papers and supporting documents, including draft amendments to the IM Determinations can now be found on the main IM review page.

One of the key topics for the current IMs review is emerging technology in the energy sector. Areas of focus include:

  • Risk of partial capital recovery – the claimed problem is that emerging technologies may increase the risk that electricity networks become stranded.
  • Efficient investment incentives – the claimed problem is that there may be inadequate investment incentives where investments:
    • deliver benefits that are split among different parties along the value chain or that arise beyond the regulatory period
    • face wider market or political risks to full cost recovery.
  • Regulatory treatment of cashflows from emerging technologies.

Read the final reasons paper for the IMs review decisions topic paper 3 – The future impact of emerging technologies in the energy sector.

Read more about the IMs review.

Current documents


Project timeline

Type Description Indicative date/s
Completed Emerging technology: Publication of material for workshop 30/11/2015
Completed Emerging technology workshop 14/12/2015
Completed Publication of workshop transcript 24/12/2015
Completed Submissions on pre-workshop paper due 04/02/2016
Completed Draft decisions papers published, except for the Report on the IM review 16/06/2016
Completed Report on the IM review published 22/06/2016
Completed Draft amended determinations published 22/06/2016
Completed Submissions on draft decisions papers (including the Report on the IM review) due 04/08/2016
Completed Cross-submissions on draft decisions papers (including the Report on the IM review) due 18/08/2016
Completed Submissions on draft amended determinations due 18/08/2016
Completed Process update 14/09/2016
Completed Further targeted consultation paper on cost allocation for electricity and gas businesses 22/09/2016
Completed Submissions due on further consultation paper on cost allocation for electricity and gas businesses 13/10/2016
Completed Technical consultation on updates to draft determinations (including airports ID determination) 13/10/2016
Completed Cross-submissions due on further consultation paper on cost allocation for electricity and gas businesses 25/10/2016
Completed Submissions due on technical consultation (including airports ID determination) 03/11/2016
Completed Final decisions on IM review (including airports ID determination) 20/12/2016

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Documents

Emerging technology pre-workshop paper – submissions

11/02/2016 (22 documents)

Notification email – Submissions on input methodologies review – emerging technology pre-workshop paper and cost of capital update paper – 11 February 2016 PDF (389 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Alpine Energy submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (523 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Contact Energy submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (607 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Castalia (on behalf of Contact Energy) submission on regulatory settings – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (599 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Doug Heffernan submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (387 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
ENA submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (309 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
ERANZ submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (1.1 MB)
Published on 11 February 2016
ERANZ – emerging view submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (3 MB)
Published on 11 February 2016
MEUG submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (102 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Mighty River Power submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (227 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Molly Melhuish submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (120 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Molly Melhuish submission (attachment) – Emerging technologies pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (304 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Further comments on emerging technologies – 4 February 2016 PDF (294 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Orion submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (292 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Pioneer Generation submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (263 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Powerco submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (373 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
PwC (on behalf of 19 EDBs) submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (407 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Smart Grid submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 1 February 2016 PDF (535 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Trustpower submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (437 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Unison submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (433 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
Vector submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (117 KB)
Published on 11 February 2016
WELL submission – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 4 February 2016 PDF (1.5 MB)
Published on 11 February 2016

Emerging technology workshop

22/12/2015 (13 documents)


Emerging technology workshop 14 December 2015 – Transcript – 22 December 2015 PDF (797 KB)
Published on 22 December 2015
Notification email – Expert advice on cost of capital topics and publication of emerging technology workshop transcript – 22 December 2015 PDF (79 KB)
Published on 22 December 2015
Input methodologies review – Emerging technology workshop – final agenda – 14 December 2015 PDF (250 KB)
Published on 16 December 2015
Input methodologies review – Emerging technology workshop – Commission presentation slides – 14 December 2015 PDF (2.1 MB)
Published on 16 December 2015
Input methodologies review – Letter from MEUG to Commission feedback ahead of emerging technologies workshop – 7 December 2015 PDF (76 KB)
Published on 16 December 2015
Input methodologies review – Emerging technology workshop – scenarios from Contact Energy – 14 December 2015 PDF (341 KB)
Published on 16 December 2015
Input methodologies review – Emerging technology workshop – Powerco presentation slides – 14 December 2015 PDF (268 KB)
Published on 16 December 2015
Notification email – input methodologies review – publication of material from emerging technology workshop and report on TAMRP – 16 December 2015 PDF (361 KB)
Published on 16 December 2015
Notification email – input methodologies review – regulatory practice paper and emerging technology workshop – 11 December 2015 PDF (364 KB)
Published on 11 December 2015
Input methodologies review – emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 30 November 2015 PDF (1.2 MB)
Published on 30 November 2015
Input methodologies review – emerging technology workshop draft agenda – 30 November 2015 PDF (242 KB)
Published on 30 November 2015
Notification email – Input methodologies review emerging technology pre-workshop paper – 30 November 2015 PDF (374 KB)
Published on 30 November 2015
Notification email – input methodologies review – emerging technology workshop – 25 November 2015 PDF (398 KB)
Published on 26 November 2015