Risk of carbon monoxide poisoning from domestic gas appliances - Decision Regulation Impact Statement

The Gas Appliance (Carbon Monoxide) Safety Strategy examined options to reduce the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning from gas appliances in households and recreational vehicles. In June 2012, Ministers endorsed a Decision Regulation Impact Statement for the Gas Appliance (Carbon Monoxide) Safety Strategy which found that the most effective measure to address the risks of carbon monoxide poisoning is an appropriately designed and well-targeted public awareness campaign complemented by existing jurisdictional initiatives to ensure appropriate safeguards are in place.

Council Policy Statement - Coal Seam Gas - December 2011

On 9 December 2011, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources released a policy statement noting its agreement to develop and implement a harmonised framework for coal seam gas to address key areas of community concern based on four key themes:

  • water management;
  • multiple land use framework;
  • best practice standards; and
  • co-existence.

The Council's full policy statement is provided below.

Council Statement of Policy Intent - Review framework for the electricity and gas regulatory decision making

The former Standing Council on Energy and Resources released a statement of policy intent welcoming the final report from the Expert Panel's Review of the Limited Merits Review Regime.

The Council agreed with the Panel's finding that the policy intention of the regime remains appropriate, with some clarification, but that this intention may be better delivered by addressing specific issues identified by the Panel.

The Council's full statement of policy intent is provided below.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 23 - Energy Consumers Australia proposed establishment by 1 July 2014

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 by 1 July 2014. The body, Energy Consumers Australia (ECA), was an important step towards increasing consumer advocacy on national energy market matters of strategic importance or material consequence for energy consumers, in particular, residential and small business consumers.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 22 - Consultation on recommendations from the Review of Enforcement Regimes under the National Energy Laws Final Report

On 13 December 2013, the final report from Allens and NERA Economic Consultants on the Review of Enforcement Regimes under the National Energy Laws was released by the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources. The main objective of the review was to ensure that the regimes continue to protect the interests of consumers and that the integrity of the energy market is maintained.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 21 - Proclamation of amendments to the limited merits review regime

On 5 December 2013 the South Australian Parliament (as lead legislator for the National Electricity Law, the National Gas Law and the National Energy Retail Law) passed a bill to amend the limited merits review regime applying to regulatory decisions in the electricity and gas sectors.

Released on 23 December 2013, Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 21 advised stakeholders that the amendments to the limited merits review regime were proclaimed and had commenced operation on 19 December 2013.

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Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 20 - Submission of rule change proposal to the AEMC on expanding competition in metering and related services

In the Australian Energy Market Commission's (AEMC) Power of Choice review of demand side participation in the National Electricity Market, the AEMC recommended reforms that would increase competition for metering services.

Released on 29 October 2013, Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 20 provided stakeholders with a copy of the rule change request submitted to the AEMC on 23 October 2013.

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Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 19 - Submission of rule change proposal to the AEMC on consumer access to their energy market data

On 4 March 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources published its full response to the Australian Energy Market Commission's (AEMC) final report of the Power of Choice review of demand side participation in the National Electricity market. In its response the Council agreed to submit a rule change proposal to the AEMC seeking to amend the National Electricity Rules and the National Energy Retail Rules. These amendments were to improve the ability of consumers and their agents to request and receive their personal energy market data.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 18 - Submission of rule change proposal to the Australian Energy Market Commission on reform of the distribution pricing arrangements

On 4 March 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources published its full response to the Australian Energy Market Commission's (AEMC) final report of the Power of Choice review of demand side participation in the National Electricity Market. In its response the Council agreed to submit a rule change proposal to the AEMC seeking to amend the distribution pricing rules in Chapter 6 of the National Electricity Rules to provide better guidance for setting cost reflective network distribution charges.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 17 - National Energy Retail Rules Amendment Rule 2013 - Release of Exposure Draft

In December 2007, the former Ministerial Council on Energy committed to work with stakeholders and the appropriate jurisdictional authorities to review customer protections and safety arrangements and ensure they remain appropriate where smart meters are rolled out. In November 2012, officials released the National Smart Meter Consumer Protection and Safety Review - Officials' Report (Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 4 refers).

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