Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 13 - Appointment of Ms Fiona McLeod and Ms Catriona Lowe as joint Consumer Liaison Representatives during the establishment of a national energy consumer advocacy body

Energy Ministers recognise the need for a more efficient approach to national advocacy for all energy consumers. On 31 May 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed in principle to establish a national energy consumer advocacy body.

On 21 June 2013, the Council's Energy Market Reform Working Group agreed to engage a consumer liaison representative to provide a focal point for stakeholders during the development of the implementation to guide the establishment of that body.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 12 - Draft amendments for public consultation to allow the AER, AEMC and AEMO to share confidential information with the Energy Security Council

The Energy Security Council (ESC) was established by the Commonwealth Government in 2011 as part of the Clean Energy Future Plan's energy security measures. The ESC's purpose is to provide assurance and advice to the Treasurer in the event that systemic risks to energy security emerge from financial impairment arising from any source, including from the introduction of carbon pricing, notwithstanding the specific measures included in the Clean Energy Future Plan.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 11 - Seeking Nominations for Consumer Representative

On 31 May 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed in principle to establish a national energy consumer advocacy body. The Council tasked energy officials with developing an implementation plan for its consideration. At its meeting of 31 May 2013, the Council discussed the potential for officials to appoint a consumer representative to provide a focal point for stakeholders during the development of the implementation plan to guide the establishment of the advocacy body.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 10 - Statutes Amendment (Smart Meters) Bill 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 protection and safety arrangements and ensure they remain appropriate where smart meters are rolled out.

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.

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