Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 7 - Limited Merits Review Regime

The former Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER) agreed to amendments to the National Electricity Law and National Gas Law to give effect to its policy position on limited merits review of electricity and gas decisions. In finalising the amendments, SCER had regard to feedback from stakeholders on the draft legislation.

Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 6 - Limited Merits Review Regime

The former Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER) agreed to important policy changes in relation to reform of the limited merits review regime. These reforms will ensure that the limited merits review will deliver the outcomes specified in the statement of policy intent, published by SCER on 19 December 2012. Specifically, the changes clarify that consideration of the long term interests of consumers is a requirement of both the initial economic regulatory process and any subsequent reviews.

Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 5 - Gas Transmission Pipeline Capacity Trading - Consultation Regulation Impact Statement Release

On 14 December 2012, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to consider more broadly, in consultation with stakeholders, whether further policy options could facilitate increased trade in gas transmission pipeline capacity in the eastern gas market.

Officials prepared a consultation regulation impact statement examining pipeline capacity trading.

Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 4 - SCER Response to AEMC Advice: Consideration of Differences in Actual Compared to Forecast Demand in Network Regulation

Released on 31 May 2013, Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 4 presented the Council's response to the Australian Energy Market Commission's advice of 26 April 2013 titled 'Advice to SCER: Consideration of differences in actual compared to forecast demand in network regulation'.

Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 3 - Transmission Frameworks Review

Released on 31 May 2013, Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 3 presented the Council's response to the Australian Energy Market Commission's final report from its Transmission Frameworks Review published on 11 April 2013.

Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 2 - Commencement of the National Energy Customer Framework

The National Energy Customer Framework (NECF) commenced on 1 July 2012, bringing in a new set of national laws, rules and regulations governing the retail sale and distribution of energy to end-use customers.

Released on 2 July 2012, Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 2 provided stakeholders with advice on the application of the NECF across Australian jurisdictions.

Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 1 - Commencement of the Review of the Limited Merits Review Regime

On 9 December 2011, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to bring forward the legislated review of the limited merits review regime.

Released on 22 March 2012, Standing Council on Energy and Resources Bulletin No. 1 advised that an expert panel had been established to undertake the review and set out its terms of reference for the review.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 24 - Energy Consumers Australia - Implementation Plan Synopsis

On 13 December 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to an Implementation Plan outlining the process to establish a national energy consumer advocacy body. The establishment of the body, Energy Consumers Australia (ECA), was an important step towards increasing consumer advocacy on national energy market matters of strategic importance and material consequence for energy consumers, in particular, residential and small business consumers.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 25 - Energy Consumers Australia - Implementation Update and Recruitment Announcement

On 13 December 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to an implementation plan outlining the process to establish a national energy consumer advocacy body, Energy Consumers Australia (ECA). An important step towards the establishment of ECA was the recruitment of the ECA Board and Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Watermark Search International was engaged to provide executive recruitment services for the inaugural ECA appointments to the Board and CEO.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 26 - Gas Transmission Pipeline Capacity Trading: Enhanced Information Consultation Paper

On 13 December 2013, the COAG Energy Council, formerly known as the Standing Council on Energy and Resources, endorsed the Transmission Pipeline Capacity Trading Decision Regulation Impact Statement and agreed to pursue a range of measures aimed at reducing transaction costs to facilitate pipeline capacity trading. Specifically, it was agreed to pursue the following measures:

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