1st COAG Energy Council Meeting Communique

The inaugural meeting of the COAG Energy Council was held in Brisbane on 1 May 2014. The first meeting gave Ministers the opportunity to consider the draft Terms of Reference for the COAG Energy Council. Ministers agreed that the Council would provide a forum for collaboration on developing an integrated and coherent national energy policy and any implications from the Commonwealth's abolition of the carbon tax. Ministers' statutory obligations under national energy laws would also be core to the Council's work.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 30 - Demand Response Mechanism (DRM) Cost Benefit Analysis - Presentation of Results

The Demand Response Mechanism (DRM) was a recommendation of the Australian Energy Market Commission in the 2012 Power of Choice review. At the 13 December 2013 meeting of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (the COAG Energy Council's predecessor), Ministers noted the change in market circumstances since the completion of that review and requested that officials undertake further work on the DRM, including a cost benefit study, and report back.

National Energy Productivity Plan 2015-2030

At its December 2015 meeting, the Energy Council agreed it had a significant contribution to make in a national, cooperative effort to better integrate energy and climate policy. A key part of this effort is the Council’s National Energy Productivity Plan (NEPP).

The Council agreed that improving our national energy productivity would be important in delivering greater value from the energy that Australians use. Better energy productivity will boost Australia’s competitiveness, help consumers manage their energy costs and reduce Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 31 - New Products and Services in the Electricity Market: Consultation on Regulatory Implications

The COAG Energy Council's Energy Market Reform Working Group released a consultation paper for public comment examining the regulatory implications of new products and services in the electricity market. The consultation paper was intended to seek the views of stakeholders on emerging issues in the electricity market and does not reflect the views of officials or Council policy.

Released on 17 December 2014, Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 31 provided advice to stakeholders on how to engage with the consultation process.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 32 - Energy Consumers Australia - Update on Implementation

Released on 22 December 2014, Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 32 provided an update to stakeholders on the timing of the commencement of Energy Consumers Australia (ECA). It also provided general advice concerning the operation of the former Consumer Advocacy Panel in the lead up to the commencement of the ECA.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 33 - New Products and Services in the Electricity Market - Public Consultation

Australian electricity markets are entering a period of change. The traditional centralised electricity supply model is being challenged by emerging products and services that allow customers greater control over how their electricity is delivered and consumed.

In December 2014 the Energy Council's Energy Market Reform Working Group released a consultation paper for public comment examining the regulatory implications of new products and services in the electricity market.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 34 - Expert Panel for the Review of Governance Arrangements for Australian Energy Markets

Released on 25 February 2015, Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 34 provided stakeholders with advice on the composition of the Expert Panel for the Review of Governance Arrangements for Australian Energy Markets. It also provided stakeholders with the Terms of Reference for the Review.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 35 - Release of Energy Market Governance Review Issues Paper

The Expert Panel for the Review of Governance Arrangements for Australian Energy Markets released an issues paper for public comment. The Issues Paper was prepared to assist individuals and organisations to prepare submissions to inform the Panel's considerations.

Released on 10 April 2015, Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 35 provided advice on and encouraged stakeholders to engage with the consultation process.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 36 - Retail Reporting in the Energy Market - Consultation Paper

Price reporting forms an integral role in the monitoring of market performance and has traditionally been done at a jurisdictional level with no defined national price reporting framework.

Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 37 - Review of Energy Market Governance Issues Paper Public Consultation Information

The Expert Panel for the Review of Governance Arrangements for Australian Energy Markets conducted a week of public consultation on the topics and questions raised in the Review's Issues Paper to ensure the widest range of views were received and communicated to the Panel prior to the commencement of the Draft Report.

Released on 5 May 2015, Energy Market Reform Bulletin No. 37 provided advice on the public consultation process.

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