Blueprint for Energy Security in the National Electricity Market

The Australian electricity market is undergoing a significant transition, including due to rapid technological change, the increasing penetration of renewable energy, a more decentralised generation system, withdrawal of traditional baseload generation and changing consumer demand.

Examination of the current test for the regulation of gas pipelines

On 19 August 2016, the Energy Council (the Council) released a comprehensive Gas Market Reform Package responding to the findings and recommendations of the Australian Energy Market Commission’s (AEMC) Eastern Australian Wholesale Gas Market and Pipelines Framework Review: Stage 2 Final Report and the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Inquiry into the East Coast Gas Market.  

AER National Energy Laws Enforcement and Penalties Framework - Consultation Package

Following agreement by the COAG Energy Council’s Senior Committee of Officials (SCO) this consultation package is being publicly released, on draft legislative amendments to the Australian Energy Regulator’s (AER) enforcement powers and penalty regime under the National Energy Laws. 

The proposed changes to the National Energy Laws will strengthen the AER’s enforcement regime and provide a stronger deterrent against breaches of the law and rules, particularly where the impacts of a breach are significant or impact the integrity of the electricity market. 

Council releases gas pipeline Regulation Impact Statement for consultation

A consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) has been released examining options to deliver a more effective and well-integrated regulatory framework for gas pipelines.

Energy Council invites stakeholders to provide submissions to the RIS, using the submission template, by 5 pm AEDT on 20 December 2019.

Post 2025 Market Design Issues Paper – September 2019

The COAG Energy Council requested the Energy Security Board (ESB) advise on a long-term, fit-for-purpose market framework to support reliability, modifying the National Electricity Market (NEM) as necessary to meet the needs of future diverse sources of non-dispatchable generation and flexible resources including demand side response, storage and distributed energy resource participation.

The ESB is seeking feedback on:

  • the possible future scenarios that will be used when assessing options for change

Measures to Improve Transparency in the Gas Market - Consultation

A consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) was released examining options to improve transparency in the eastern and northern Australian gas markets.

The RIS focused on addressing information gaps and asymmetries relating to gas and infrastructure prices, supply and availability of gas, gas demand, and infrastructure used to supply gas to end-markets.

This consultation closed on 27 September 2019. Submissions are available below.

Stakeholder meetings were held in Canberra, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide between 22-30 August 2019.

Introduction of the Retailer Reliability Obligation

The Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO) started on 1 July 2019.  The RRO is designed to support reliability in the National Electricity Market by incentivising retailers and some large energy users to contract or invest in dispatchable and 'on demand' resources.

More information can be found in the bulletin below.

Energy Security Board – Converting the Integrated System Plan into Action - Consultation Paper

The Energy Security Board published the Converting the Integrated System Plan (ISP) into Action Consultation Paper on 17 May 2019.

The Consultation Paper provides an update on the status of the twelve recommendations from the ISP Action Plan and seeks feedback from interested parties on the approach to implementing Recommendations 8, 9 and 10 from the Plan and the proposed governance framework.

This consultation process is now closed. Submissions received are available below.


Retailer Reliability Obligation Rules

The Energy Security Board (ESB) has released its revised National Electricity Rules and a comparison version of the Rules which would give effect to the Retailer Reliability Obligation. These proposed Rules take into account stakeholder feedback to the Retailer Reliability Obligation Draft Rules Consultation Paper released 8 March 2019.

Post 2025 Market Design for the National Electricity Market (NEM)

The COAG Energy Council has tasked the Energy Security Board with developing advice on a long-term, fit-for-purpose market framework to support reliability that could apply from the


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