Energy Policy Committee
In the past two decades APGA’s Energy Policy Committee has been an active participant in one of the biggest waves of regulatory change to impact on any Australian industry.
From its inception to deal with the introduction of the National Gas Code in 1995, the Committee has strived to ensure the industry’s interests have been reflected in major reforms including:
- 1997 – The introduction of the Gas Access Law;
- June 2001 – The Council of Australian Government’s (COAG) agreement to establish an open and competitive national energy market and the launch of the Parer Review of Energy Markets (finalised in December 2002) and the Ministerial Council on Energy’s response a year later.
- 2003-04 – The Productivity Commission review of the Gas Access Regime (including the National Gas Code);
- 2004 – The Ministerial Council on Energy’s decision to accelerate the development of a competitive gas market;
- 2008 – The introduction of the National Gas Law, including:
- Extending the Australian Energy Market Commission’s coverage to include the gas market in 2008 (and Western Australia’s gas market in 2010);
- Introducing the Australian Energy Regulator for covered national gas transmission and distribution pipelines (excluding Western Australia);
- Expanding the National Competition Council’s role to recommend classifications of pipelines;
- The start of the National Gas Market Bulletin Board in South Australia, Victoria, Tasmania, NSW, the ACT and Queensland.
- 2010-11 – The start of the Short Term Trading Market, operated by the Australian Energy Market Operator, in Adelaide and Sydney on 1 September 2010 and in Brisbane on 1 December 2011.
- 1 July 2012 – The introduction of the Australian Government’s Clean Energy Future legislation, including the establishment of a fixed carbon price for three years.
- 2011-12 – The Australian Energy Market Commission’s consideration of major changes to the National Electricity Rules and National Gas Rules.
Our objective is to ensure that regulators and governments understand the real impact of regulatory and economic policy decisions on the development of our industry as we build the dynamic, market-driven Australian pipeline industry that will continue to benefit our national economy, energy security and regional development.
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- Coordinating the industry’s response through the great wave of reform over the past 18 years.
- In cooperation with the APGA Owners Committee, helped to secure amendments to the Clean Energy Bill 2011. The Government’s original draft required all gas facilities that acquired gas outside the retail supply chain to be directly liable for emissions. This was a substantial departure from the long-standing policy intent to only require facilities producing above 25,000 tonnes of emissions to be directly liable. Had it stood unchanged all gas transmission pipelines would have been required to comply with the Clean Energy Bill 2011 and this would have imposed further unnecessary administrative workload. Work by the Committees and APGA Secretariat resulted in the Government moving back to its long-standing intention.
- Successfully advocating for a much broader range of evidence to be considered in the determination of economic regulation.
- Releasing, in July 2013, the APGA gas supply policy – Securing Australia’s Gas Future: lower emissions, higher efficiency.
- Engage and work with new Australian Government to establish effective emissions reductions through its Direct Action Plan on climate change and carbon emissions
- Maintain active monitoring of the regulatory environment
- Ensure the gas transmission industry is well represented in ongoing gas market reforms
- Ensure appropriate gas supply policies are implemented to effectively manage the impact of the burgeoning East coast export industry.