Trials legislation passes SA Upper House - 18 November 2022
Legislation to allow the Energy Innovation Toolkit to offer trial proponents time-limited regulatory relief through trial waivers and trial rule changes has passed through the upper house of South Australian Parliament.
There are a few processes which must occur before we can open for trial applications. The Regulatory Sandboxing
We’re excited to see sandboxing legislation pass this important milestone, and we encourage you to watch this space for updates in the coming weeks.
In the meantime, it’s never too early to get in touch with our team to discuss how a trial could help your project.
- For more information about the EIT’s approach to delivering trials, see the AER’s draft Trial Projects Guidelines (noting that the AER intends to publish a final version in the near future)
- For information about the regulatory scope of the AER’s trial waiver
The Regulatory Sandboxing trial waiver function allows the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) to grant a time limited trial waiver for eligible trial projects, exempting an innovator from having to comply with specified rules for a period of time to allow a trial to proceed. The Victorian Regulatory Sandboxing trial waiver function allows Essential Services Commission (ESC) to issue trial waivers providing time limited relief from Victorian energy frameworks. For more information, please see our trials page and the AER's Trial Projects Guidelines.power and the Australian Energy Market CommissionThe Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) is an independent statutory body that works for Australia's future productivity and living standards by contributing to a decarbonising, affordable and reliable energy system for consumers. The AEMC makes and amends the National Electricity Rules (NER), the National Gas Rules (NGR), and the National Energy Retail Rules (NERR), and manages the rule change process. The AEMC does this in accordance with the national energy objectives, the central focus of which is the long-term interests of consumers. They also provide market development advice to governments.’s trial rule changeRegulatory Sandboxing legislation will provide the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) with a new power to make temporary rule changes to allow trials to proceed. This could be used to temporarily amend existing rules or to temporarily introduce a new rule of limited application. In deciding whether to make a trial rule, the AEMC must take into account the list of principles established in the Regulatory Sandboxing innovative trial principles, and the requirements listed in the Regulatory Sandboxing eligibility requirements, to determine whether a proposed trial rule is genuinely innovative. For more information about the innovative trial principles and eligibility requirements as they apply under the Energy Rules to both trial rule changes and trial waiver requests, please see the Australian Energy Regulator's Trial Projects Guidelines.power, see our Trials overview page.
- For information about the EIT’s trial application process, see here.