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.
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.