Strategic Assessment of Network Regulation
The growth of disruptive technologies and advances in energy storage (including electric vehicles (EVs)), combined with greater consumer engagement through demand response and distributed generation, could have major implications for the coordination and operation of electricity markets.
National Framework for Reliability Standards
Rising electricity prices have been and continue to be a major focus for customers and policy makers in the National Electricity Market (NEM). A fundamental driver has been the costs of electricity distribution and transmission network infrastructure, which accounts for a substantial proportion of customer electricity bills. A variety of factors have contributed to the escalating network costs. An important parameter affecting network costs is the standards to which network infrastructure must be planned, designed, built and maintained.
Reducing Investment Uncertainty in the National Electricity Market
The National Electricity Market (NEM) is witnessing changes in the electricity generation mix, particularly with growth in renewables. However, the changing generation mix has resulted in increasing levels of generation that offer little or no power system inertia levels due to the displacement of synchronous generation, which may have implications for power system security and reliability.
Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 9 - Review of National Energy Enforcement Regimes
In July 2010, Energy Ministers agreed to a comprehensive review of enforcement regimes across all the national energy legislation to ensure that the interests of customers continue to be protected, and the integrity of the energy market is maintained.
Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 8 - Advice on Privacy for the National Smart Metering Program - Draft Report for Consultation
In December 2007, the former Ministerial Council on Energy committed to work with stakeholders and the appropriate jurisdictional authorities to review consumer protection and safety arrangements and ensure they remain appropriate where smart meters are rolled out. As part of the smart meter consumer protection and safety review, officials noted that further advice on the appropriate privacy protections for data produced by smart meters would be sought, building on previous work by the Victorian Government.
Consequently, Seed Advisory was commissioned to provide advice on:
Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 7 - Release of Consultation Papers - Gas Supply Hub (Gas Trading Exchange) - Public Consultation on Exposure Draft
The former Standing Council on Energy and Resources Senior Committee of Officials released exposure drafts of amendments to the National Gas Law and National Gas Rules for public consultation. The amendments were designed to enable implementation of the Gas Trading Exchange. The Exchange (operationally referred to as the Gas Supply Hub) was designed by the Australian Energy Market Operator at the request of the Council. It seeks to introduce new opportunities for the voluntary trading of upstream gas by making an exchange available to complement existing gas contracts.
Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 6 - Release of Consultation Paper: Consumer Advocacy Panel Guidelines - Consultation Paper
On 7 December 2012, the Council of Australian Governments endorsed a comprehensive energy market reform package aimed at mitigating energy price rises for consumers, while ensuring supply reliability. The package was developed with jurisdictions through the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources, which had policy responsibility for energy market reform. As part of this package, Energy Ministers requested officials to examine the Regulations under which the Consumer Advocacy Panel allocated grants to ensure it continued to operate in the interests of energy consumers.
Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 5 - The Appointment of Dr John Tamblyn and Mr John Ryan as Expert Advisors to Develop a Model for a National Energy Consumer Advocacy Body
Energy Ministers recognised the need for a more efficient approach to national advocacy for all energy consumers. At their meeting of 23 November 2012, Energy Ministers agreed to a comprehensive energy market reform package, which was endorsed by the Council of Australian Governments at its 7 December 2012 meeting. The package included an agreement to develop a proposal for a national energy consumer advocacy body to be presented to the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources at its first meeting in 2013.
Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 4 - Release of officials' report: National smart meter consumer protection and safety review
Published in December 2012, Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 4 released a report prepared by officials on the National Smart Meter Consumer Protection and Safety Review. Noting that the paper had yet to be considered by Ministers, the recommendations within the report aimed to:
Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 3 - Release of PricewaterhouseCoopers Report - National Gas Reimbursement Scheme
Published on 3 April 2012, Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 3 released the Final Report by PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) into a national gas reimbursement scheme.