SA Public Lighting Regulatory Changes and SAPN Contracts

Everything you need to know about Council-SAPN public lighting contracts and the pending regulatory changes but were too afraid to ask

The Australian Energy Regulator (AER) has confirmed that public lighting services in South Australia will be classified as Alternative Control Services (ACS) from 1st July 2020. This is a change from the current classification where public lighting is classified as a Negotiated Distribution Service (or NDS) and brings SA in line with the rest of Australia.

This has potential impacts for councils who have signed contracts with SAPN to install and maintain LEDs through the SAPN LED or PLC tariffs.

In response to multiple questions from councils, Ironbark has developed a report, “SA Public Lighting Regulatory Changes and SAPN Contracts: Everything you need to know about Council-SAPN public lighting contracts and the pending regulatory changes but were too afraid to ask” for SA councils.

Click here for your copy of the report!

It outlines what the change means to councils who have signed contracts with SAPN or are considering signing a contract with SAPN. It contains information and advice on: 

  • What happens to your contract with SAPN
  • The impact of potential contract “break-fees” work
  • How much your council should budget for if senior management are concerned about potential costs
  • What “ACS” means for you and how the coming “Electricity Distribution Price Review” will work for street lighting
  • Recommendations on signing contracts with SAPN

Accompanying documents (referenced with links in the final page under “Key Resources”) also cover topics around: 

  • Meeting lighting level (AS1158) compliance and risks
  • How to capture savings from dimming
  • Incorporating new technology under ACS
  • How the dispute between councils and SAPN impact on the change to ACS and vice-versa

It has been informed by the work the Ironbark team has undertaken throughout Australia in relation to street lighting regulation over the last decade; the negotiation of LED tariffs with SAPN on behalf of the Cities of Marion, Charles Sturt and Onkaparinga from 2015-2017 and our business case development, project preparation, contract negotiation and project delivery work with the likes of Charles Sturt, Marion, Onkaparinga, Mitcham, Tea Tree Gully, Port Pirie, Holdfast Bay, Victor Harbor, Campbelltown, Unley and Burnside.

The intention is to keep things clear and simple so council officers can use the information to inform senior management and elected members around this issue.

You are very welcome to use this document (or content from it) when communicating information internally. If you wish to distribute outside of your council please contact Ironbark first for permission.