4th Standing Council on Energy and Resources meeting communique - 31 May 2013

Australian, state and territory Energy and Resources Ministers met in Brisbane on 31 May 2013 for the fourth meeting of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER). The meeting gave SCER the opportunity to review progress on the energy market reform implementation plan agreed by the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) in December 2012. In particular, SCER considered important policy changes in relation to reforms for the limited merits review regime; and agreed in principle to establish and national energy consumer advocacy body.

3rd Standing Council on Energy and Resources meeting communique - 14 December 2012

Australian, state and territory Energy and Resources Ministers met in Hobart on 14 December 2012 for the third meeting of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER).

2nd Standing Council on Energy and Resources meeting communique - 8 June 2012

Australian, state and territory Energy and Resources Ministers met in Darwin on 8 June 2012 for the second meeting of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER). The meeting gave Ministers the opportunity to consider current market conditions and trends and discuss initiatives to support the development and efficient operation of the nation's energy and resources sectors.

The key strategic issues that Ministers discussed included:

1st Standing Council on Energy and Resources meeting communique - 9 December 2011

Australian, state and territory Energy and Resources Ministers met in Melbourne on 9 December 2011 for the inaugural meeting of the Standing Council on Energy and Resources (SCER). Ministers welcomed the opportunity to discuss upstream and downstream energy issues in the one ministerial forum.

The Council agreed to seek to ensure the safe, prudent and competitive development of Australia's mineral and energy resources and markets to optimise long-term economic, social and environmental benefits to the community.

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.

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