What federal and state energy ministers should do next – response to the AEMC’s Strategic Priorities Discussion Paper

by Tony Wood, David Blowers and Kate Griffiths

Australia’s energy sector needs clear policy goals. We recommend five immediate strategic priorities for federal and state energy ministers: returning stability to governance of the sector; agreeing on a credible emissions reduction policy; fast-tracking security and reliability measures; ensuring access to domestic gas supplies; and rewarding consumers who help to reduce system costs (by, for example, cutting their electricity use during periods of peak demand). In this response to the Australian Energy Market Commission’s Strategic Priorities Discussion Paper, we also recommend longer-term focus on: retail prices; network costs and stranded assets; the role of transmission; the design of the wholesale market; and the growth of distributed energy resources.