Council agrees Terms of Reference for its Gas Pipeline Regulation Impact Statement

On 19 December 2018, Energy Ministers agreed Terms of Reference for a Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) to identify and evaluate options to deliver a more efficient, effective and well-integrated regulatory framework for gas pipelines.

Initial consultation with industry stakeholders will commence early in 2019. Council plans to release a draft of the RIS for full public consultation in August 2019.

For further information, please contact GAS@environment.gov.au

Review of Energy Market Commission Establishment Regulations 2005

The Australian Energy Market Commission Establishment Regulations 2005 were made under the Australian Energy Market Commission Establishment Act 2004.

Pursuant to Part 3A of the Subordinate Legislation Act (SA) 1978, the Australian Energy Market Commission Establishment Regulations are now due for review.

The purpose of the review is to determine whether the Regulations remain relevant and provide the opportunity to consider any changes.

The Senior Committee of Officials released the attached Issues Paper as the first step in the review.

Health of the National Electricity Market

The Energy Security Board (ESB) has today published the Health of the National Electricity Market (NEM), an annual check-up recommended by the Finkel Review. The Health of the NEM report is an assessment of how the NEM is functioning and where improvement is required.

Integrated System Plan - Action Plan

At the COAG Energy Council meeting on 10 August 2018, the Energy Security Board (ESB) Chair was requested to report in December 2018 on:

COAG Decision Regulation Impact Statement – COAG Energy Council

On 19 December 2018, the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council agreed to implement the Retailer Reliability Obligation (RRO) for the National Electricity Market (NEM).

Establishment of the Hydrogen Working Group of the COAG Energy Council

Hydrogen presents a major opportunity for the Australian economy. The COAG Energy Council (the Council) seeks to support the development of a clean, innovative and competitive hydrogen industry that benefits all Australians and is a major global player by 2030.

At its meeting on 19 December 2018, the Council agreed to establish a dedicated Working Group, chaired by the Chief Scientist, to lead activities that achieve this vision. 

Extended Gas Supply Strategy Implementation Plan

On December 2018, Resources Ministers agreed the Extended Gas Supply Strategy Implementation Plan. The extended plan includes six collaborative actions for completion by the end of 2020.

The collaborative actions focus on pre-competitive geoscience, fostering public trust and confidence, and leading practice regulation.

For more information about the Gas Supply Strategy actions, please visit the COAG Energy Council Gas Supply Strategy page. 

Ministerial Resources Roundtable Communique

For the first time, a dedicated meeting of Resources Ministers was held to discuss the outlook for the Australian resources sector and how to realise its future potential.

Ministers focused on a new long-term strategic reform agenda to inspire the Australian resources sector to be the world's best. With attracting investment into the sector to build a stronger economy at the heart of this agenda.

Outcomes can be found in the Communique below.

21st Energy Council Ministerial Meeting

Energy Ministers met today in Adelaide for the twenty first COAG Energy Coucil Meeting.

Ministers welcomed the new Tasmanian Minister for Resources, Building and Construction, The Hon Sarah Courtney MP and thanked the Hon Ben Wyatt MLA for his contribution to the Council.

Ministers discussed the importance of bringing power prices down, while planning for the future security and reliability of the grid.

More outcomes can be found in the Communique below.

Consultation on Retailer Reliability Obligation Detailed Design Issues

Following the COAG Energy Council meeting on 26 October 2018, Ministers agreed that the Energy Security Board (ESB) would progress development of draft National Electricity Law amendments to give effect to a Retailer Reliability Obligation (the Obligation).

The ESB consulted on detailed policy issues relating to the Obligation. These included the framework for determining the firmness of contracts used by liable entities to meet their contracting requirements under the Obligation, the materiality of the reliability gap, and the compliance and cost-recovery regime.

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