Energy Consumers Australia attends, as an observer, the meetings of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council. The three market institutions – the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC), the Australian Energy Regulator (AER), and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) – also attend as observers.
This Information Bulletin draws on the Communique for the recent 10 April 2017 meeting as well as other published information. In recent years, the Energy Council has met face-to-face twice a year. In 2016, however, Ministers agreed to meet more regularly, including via video-conference.
The video-conference meeting on 10 April 2017 was the second for the year. The agenda for the meeting included updates from experts who are progressing work to “mitigate the risk of security, affordability and sustainability issues in Australia’s energy markets”, as well as other matters including the Limited Merits Review (LMR) reforms and National Electricity Market (NEM) governance matters.