ACCC Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry report Bulletin

At its 18th meeting on 10 August 2018, the COAG Energy Council commenced consideration of the recommendations of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission’s (ACCC) Retail Electricity Pricing Inquiry. An update on this work program may be found at the Bulletin below.

Hydrogen for Australia's Future

The Hydrogen Strategy Group has released its briefing paper to COAG Energy Council Ministers on Hydrogen for Australia's Future.

The briefing paper discusses the scope of Australia's hydrogen potential and frames the discussion for a national strategy.

Gas Market Reform Bulletin No.3

On 10 August 2018, the COAG Energy Council endorsed  the Senior Committee of Officials recommendations regarding the Australian Energy Market Commission's review into the scope of economic regulation applied to covered pipelines.

Consultation on National Energy Guarantee Legislative Amendments

The COAG Energy Council consulted on an exposure draft of the proposed changes to the National Electricity Law that would implement the National Energy Guarantee (Guarantee).

The draft Bill, prepared by the Energy Security Board based on the Final Detailed Design of the National Energy Guarantee, was considered by the COAG Energy Council on 10 August 2018. The draft Bill sets out:

Energy Security Board - Media Release

The Energy Secuirty Board have issued a media release, on the National Energy Guarantee, following todays COAG Energy Council Meeting.

The ESB's media release can be found below.

Gas Supply Strategy

On 10 August 2018, Ministers accepted the recommendations of the Evaluation Review of the Gas Supply Strategy. Officials will now update and refine the Gas Supply Strategy Implementation Plan by the end 2018 with the Implementation period continuing to 2020.

 For more information about the review recommendations and implementation of existing Gas Supply Strategy collaborative actions, please visit the COAG Energy Council Gas Supply Strategy page.

18th Energy Council Ministerial Meeting

Energy Ministers met today in Sydney for the eighteenth COAG Energy Council meeting. 

Outcomes from the meeting can be found in the Communique below.

Energy Security Board – Final Detailed Design of the National Energy Guarantee

The Energy Security Board (ESB) has today published the Final Detailed Design of the National Energy Guarantee. The Council considered the Final Detailed Design at its meeting on 10 August 2018. 

The Chair of the ESB, Dr Kerry Schott AO, said the design was the culmination of almost a year’s work and a collaborative effort by people and organisations from across the energy sector and the community.  

National Energy Guarantee Final Detailed Design - Commonwealth Elements

The Commonwealth Government has prepared a final detailed design document on the elements of the National Energy Guarantee that are its responsibility. These include the mechanics of setting and changing the emissions reduction target, the design of the emissions-intensive trade-exposed activity exemption process and the use of offsets.

The National Energy Guarantee Final Detailed Design – Commonwealth Elements can be found below.

Better Practice Community Engagement Case Studies

The Better Practice Community Engagement Case Studies document has been produced by the COAG Energy Council’s Resources Policy & Engagement Working Group (RPEWG) to showcase a mixture of government and industry led initiatives that demonstrate the industry’s commitment to community engagement, and the positive outcomes that can be realised for all parties through genuine, successful engagement.

For any enquiries regarding the document please email



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