Australian Energy Market Agreement (as amended October 2011)
On 2 October 2011, the Commonwealth, States and Territories (the Parties) agreed to amend the Australian Energy Market Agreement.
The objectives of the Agreement are:
Gas Transmission Pipeline Capacity Trading - Decision Regulation Impact Statement
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. On 31 May 2013, officials released a consultation Regulation Impact Statement (RIS) that sought stakeholders’ views on current pipeline capacity trading activity and practices and whether any improvements could be made to facilitate increased trade in unused capacity.
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
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.
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.
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.