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 meeting. In recent years, the Energy Council has met face-to-face twice a year. However, in 2016, Ministers agreed to meet more regularly, including through video-conferencing, in light of the number of significant issues on which action is required.
The meeting on 17 February 2017 occurred against the backdrop of consumers experiencing outages over summer, following the state-wide loss of power in South Australia in September, and being called on to play their part in reducing pressure on the energy market. Social media played an important role in enabling consumers to understand what was happening, and how they could play their part.
The full information bulletin briefing paper can be read here.