Mid-Scale Embedded Generation Connection Standards - Feasibility Study Final Report (June 2013)
A range of stakeholders and market reviews have suggested that a lack of consistent technical standards for mid-scale embedded generator connections (around 30kW to 5MW) create a barrier to deployments of these generators. There is also debate among stakeholders about the degree to which technical requirements for connections can be standardised, or are dependent on the network characteristics at each point of connection.
Standing Council on Energy and Resources Demand Side Participation Work Program (updated December 2013)
In December 2013, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources adopted the framework for its Demand Side Participation (DSP) Work Program. The framework provides an overview of the Council's policy objectives for DSP:
Australian Energy Market Operator advice on shared market protocol (May 2015)
In October 2013, officials submitted the Expanding Competition in Metering and Related Services rule change request to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), as directed by the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources.
COAG Energy Council response to advice on open access and communication standards (May 2014)
In October 2013, officials submitted the Expanding Competition in Metering and Related Services rule change request to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), as directed by the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources. The rule change request included a proposal that the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) take on the role of establishing and maintaining a smart meter minimum functionality specification.
Expanding Competition in Metering and Related Services Rule Change Request (October 2013)
In response to reviews conducted by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources initiated projects that would affect the framework for metering services in the National Electricity Market. These included a rule change request process that would allow for expansion of metering and related services to all customers, consistent with a business-led, option approach to adoption of more advanced metering in states where a widespread rollout is not underway.
Ministerial Council on Energy Standing Committee of Officials Bulletin No. 197 - Australian Energy Market Agreement Amendments Endorsed
Released on 11 November 2011, Ministerial Council on Energy Standing Committee of Officials Bulletin No. 197 advised stakeholders of the Council of Australian Governments' (COAG) endorsement of amendments to the Australian Energy Market Agreement (AEMA). The amendments recognise the progress on particular aspects of energy market reform and provide a foundation for future development and implementation of this reform.
Broadly, the amendments to the AEMA:
COAG Energy Council Australian Gas Market Development Plan Summary (July 2015)
The former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to an Australian Gas Market Development Plan on 14 December 2012. On 1 May 2014, Ministers tasked officials with preparing regular updates to the Australian Gas Market Development Plan for consideration at future Council meetings. This was to ensure that reform priorities continue to reflect the Council's forward agenda and remain appropriate in light of the significant changes occurring in Australian gas markets.
COAG Energy Council Gas Supply Strategy
The COAG Energy Council's objective is to maximise the benefit to the Australian community from the responsible development of gas resources.
In keeping with the Council's Gas Market Vision released in December 2014, the Council has agreed that its resources should be better utilised to meet community expectations in delivering this objective.
The Gas Supply Strategy is the Council's commitment to improving collaborative efforts between jurisdictions on scientific and regulatory issues associated with onshore gas.
Gas Transmission Pipeline Capacity Trading Rule Change Request (March 2015)
On 13 December 2013, the COAG Energy Council, formerly known as the Standing Council on Energy and Resources, endorsed the Transmission Pipeline Capacity Trading Decision Regulation Impact Statement and agreed to pursue a range of measures aimed at reducing transaction costs to facilitate pipeline capacity trading. Specifically, it was agreed to pursue the following measures:
Limited Merits Review Consultation Draft Legislative and Regulatory Amendments (June 2013)
Under the National Electricity Laws and National Gas Laws, the Council was required to undertake a review of the limited merits review regime by 2015. On 9 December 2011, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed to bring the review of the limited merits review regime forward with a view to implementing consequent recommendations prior to the next round of regulatory determinations.