Energy National Cabinet Reform Committee
On 10 December 2021, National Cabinet agreed new priorities for the Energy National Cabinet Reform Committee (ENCRC) to deliver by the end of 2022.
The 2022 tasking requires Energy Ministers to:
- Enable the adoption and integration of new technologies by delivering packages of action and priority reforms to:
- improve the integration and recognition of clean hydrogen and bioenergy (including biomethane) into energy markets, including by accelerating the regulatory review process initiated under the National Hydrogen Strategy
- ensure the electricity network is ready for rapid adoption of electric vehicles and defer or minimise network upgrade costs by incentivising the use of smart charging and public or out-of-home charging, and address opportunities and barriers as part of the Commonwealth’s Future Fuels and Vehicles Strategy.
- Report to National Cabinet on progress on:
- implementation of Post-2025 market reforms, including detailed design work on a mechanism that specifically values the provision of capacity in the National Electricity Market
- improvement of the electricity transmission regulatory framework, including reforms identified by the Australian Energy Market Commission in its Transmission Planning and Investment Review, with a focus on:
- resolving the current regulatory issues facing major transmission projects identified in the Australian Energy Market Operator’s Integrated System Plan
- developing a national approach to guide social licence and engagement for transmission infrastructure, and
- reviewing the current cost allocation approach and suitability of those arrangements for inter-regional transmission.
- implementation of the package of gas market reforms endorsed by the National Cabinet in 2021.
Energy Ministers’ Meeting
Energy Ministers agreed the following priorities on 11 June 2021:
- implementation of Australia’s National Hydrogen Strategy including delivery of an annual ‘State of Hydrogen’ report
- governance of Australian energy market bodies including consideration of a future governance model post-2025, and the development of Statements of Expectation
- establishing an energy technology work plan by end of 2021, to include clear deliverable actions aligned with Energy Ministers’ priorities to encourage consumer choice, promote technology and help manage energy costs
- establishing a Cyber Security work plan to complement ongoing jurisdictional government cyber security reforms and focus on measures to improve preparedness, response and recovery in the energy sector.
These priorities will be reviewed after 12 months.
Working group structure
The following working groups were agreed by Energy Ministers in June 2021 to underpin the ENCRC and EMM priorities:
- Gas Working Group
- Hydrogen Working Group
- Governance Working Group
- Energy Technology Working Group
- National Emergency Management Working Group
- Cyber Security Working Group
These working groups will be reviewed along with the Energy Ministers’ priorities every 12 months.