National Framework for Reliability Standards

On 13 December 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources tasked the Australian Energy Market Commission with providing advice to jurisdictions on common definitions for distribution reliability requirements as part of its 2012 Energy Market Reform package, and as set out in its final report for its Review of the National Framework for Distribution Reliability. The advice would also be used by the Australian Energy Regulator to establish values of customer reliability to be applied when setting reliability requirements for the next round of regulatory determinations commencing in mid-2019.

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Strategic Assessment of Network Regulation

At the COAG Energy Council meeting on 1 May 2014, officials proposed a strategic assessment of the adequacy of the current economic network regulatory framework to accommodate future market and technological changes.

This initiative was motivated by observed changes in the energy market, including changing total demand and demand profiles, and actual and potential changes in generation and other supply technologies.

In light of this advice, the Council tasked officials with a scenario analysis exercise and to come back to it with recommendations, if necessary, about the need for further work. At its July 2015 meeting, the Council considered these recommendations and tasked officials to further explore the implications of key issues that emerged from the initial stress-testing exercise. This piece of work is being considered as part of the Council's strategic work program to ensure regulatory frameworks are ready to cope with the effects of emerging technologies.

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Review of the Limited Merits Review Regime

Under the National Electricity Laws and National Gas Laws, the Council was required to undertake a review of the limited merits review regime by 2015. On 9 December 2011, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to bring the review of the limited merits review regime forward with a view to implementing consequent recommendations prior to the next round of regulatory determinations.

On 7 March 2012, Professor George Yarrow, Dr John Tamblyn and the Hon Michael Egan formed an Expert Panel tasked with conducting the review. The Expert Panel published its Final Report on 9 October 2012. On 19 December 2013, amendments to the limited merits review regime in response to the review were proclaimed and commenced operation.

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