COAG Energy Council Australian Gas Market Development Plan Summary (December 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.
Demand Response Mechanism Rule Change Request (March 2015)
In the Power of Choice review, the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) recommended the introduction of a demand response mechanism (DRM) that facilitates demand side participation in the wholesale electricity market, and introduction of a new category of market participant for non-energy services. In December 2012, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources agreed that work should begin to develop these proposals.
Cost-benefit analysis of a possible Demand Response Mechanism - Final Report (December 2014)
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 former Standing Council on Energy and Resources, 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.
New Products and Services in the Electricity Market - Advice to Ministers (July 2015)
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.
The Energy Council's Energy Market Reform Working Group conducted consultations in December 2014 and January 2015 seeking public comment to inform its examination of the regulatory implications of new products and services in the electricity market.
Consumer Access to Their Energy Data Rule Change Request (October 2013)
In October 2013, officials submitted the Consumer Access to Their Energy Data 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 sought to clarify the rights of customers and their agents to request energy data, and obligations on market participants to provide this data.
Reform of the Demand Management and Embedded Generation Connection Incentive Scheme Rule Change Request (December 2013)
As part of its demand side participation (DSP) work program, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources submitted a rule change proposal which sought to amend the existing National Electricity Rules (NER) governing the development and implementation of demand management and embedded generation connection incentive schemes (DMEGCIS).
Smart Meter Consumer Protections and Pricing - Draft Policy Paper One (August 2009)
In addition to general protections under the Australian Consumer Law, energy customers also have specific protections under state and territory laws. In the National Electricity Market, where a jurisdiction has adopted the National Energy Customer Framework, energy-specific consumer protections are provided under the National Energy Retail Law and Rules. Since smart meters create opportunities for companies to offer new products and services to customers, the Council has an ongoing work program to ensure consumer protections are appropriate where customers have a smart meter installed.
Distribution Pricing Principles Rule Change Request (September 2013)
In September 2013, a rule change request seeking to amend the distribution pricing rules in the National Electricity Rules was submitted to the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC). The rule change proposal encouraged the development of more efficient network charges that better allow consumers to respond in ways that minimise network costs over time while smoothing the transition for consumers. The proposed rule change sought to amend Chapter 6 of the National Electricity Rules to:
Improved Demand Forecasting Rule Change Request (December 2013)
As part of its demand side participation (DSP) work program, the former Standing Council on Energy and Resources tasked officials with developing a rule change proposal for consideration by the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC). The Rule Change Proposal seeks to allow the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) to collect better information on DSP in the National Electricity Market for its market operational functions.
Specifically, the proposed rule seeks to amend the National Electricity RUles to create a new provision that:
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.