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Energy Ministers

The Energy National Cabinet Reform Committee (ENCRC) and the Energy Ministers’ Meeting (EMM) are Ministerial forums for the Commonwealth, Australian states and territories, and New Zealand to work together on priority issues of national significance and key reforms in the energy sector.

ENCRC and EMM are chaired by the Minister for Industry, Energy and Emissions Reduction, the Hon Angus Taylor MP.

These meetings were established to replace the former Council of Australian Governments (COAG) Energy Council following the disbandment of COAG in May 2020.

Energy Ministers work closely with Energy Consumers Australia, and have oversight of the following energy market institutions responsible for the operation of national energy markets:

  • the Energy Security Board (ESB)—whole of system oversight through transition
  • the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC)—the rule maker and market development adviser
  • the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO)—the system operator
  • the Australian Energy Regulator (AER)—the economic regulator and rule enforcer.

Priorities

As a subcommittee of National Cabinet, ENCRC are tasked with priorities and report on the delivery of these to National Cabinet.

EMM priorities are determined by Energy Ministers. EMM priorities are time limited, tied to discrete, tangible deliverables and reviewed every 12 months.

Meetings

Energy Ministers meet as needed—by telepresence or face to face. The agenda for each meeting reflects the key priorities. Work is also progressed out of session as necessary.

Latest consultations

17 November 2021

Review of Wallumbilla Gas Supply Hub and pipeline capacity trading framework

19 October 2021

Extending the national gas regulatory framework to hydrogen blends and renewable gases

16 September 2021

Consumer Data Right for Energy - NEL/NER amendments

02 September 2021

Energy Senior Officials release gas pipeline draft legal package for consultation 

30 April 2021

Post-2025 market design options

Latest publications

29 October 2021

Post-2025 market design

19 October 2021

Extending the national gas regulatory framework to hydrogen blends and renewable gases

16 September 2021

Consumer Data Right for Energy - NEL/NER amendments - consultation

02 September 2021

Energy Senior Officials release gas pipeline draft legal package for consultation

27 July 2021

Post-2025 Market Design Final Advice to Energy Ministers

 

Further information on the former COAG Energy Council can be found on the archived website.