A lower bar for coverage of gas pipelines?

Competition and Market Regulation Update

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The regulation of gas transmission pipelines faces significant reform. The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has proposed amending or removing criterion (a) from the Coverage Criteria. 

This would represent a very significant reform and would certainly lower the bar for coverage. It could also have implications for access regulation in other industries. 

However, it is far from clear that criterion (a) needs to be removed in order coverage applications to succeed.