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Rule 90 of the National Energy Retail Rules provides that in the case of a planned interruption, a distributor must notify each affected customer by any appropriate means at least four business days before the interruption.

Regulation 14 of the National Energy Retail Law (Local Provisions) Regulations 2013 (SA) amends the application of Rule 90 of the National Energy Retail Law in South Australia by allowing SA Power Networks to interrupt a customer’s supply without providing at least four business days’ notice. This applies where the interruption is planned and for a duration of less than 15 minutes.

The Regulation is due to expire on 30 June 2020.

SA Power Networks is seeking an indefinite extension to this Regulation.


The Discussion Paper (PDF 322.4 KB) from the Department for Energy and Mining sought stakeholders’ views on the following options:

  • Option 1: Extend the current derogation to 30 June 2025 or another date (specify);
  • Option 2: Remove sub-rule (5) thereby making the derogation open-ended, as proposed by SA Power Networks; or
  • Option 3: Remove the derogation altogether, thereby reverting to Rule 90 of the National Energy Retail Rules, with no variation.

Consultation details

Submissions have now closed - the following submissions were received:

Further information

Should you have any further queries or wish to discuss the discussion paper (PDF 322.4 KB) further, please contact