National Electricity Market (NEM)

Discussion paper

15 Feb 2018

The first public consultation paper for the National Energy Guarantee has been released by the independent Energy Security Board. The guarantee’s intention is to deliver more reliable, affordable and cleaner energy to Australian consumers.


5 Feb 2018

This inquiry heard that a lack of policy certainty is impacting on the operation of the NEM, as a lack of certainty has an impact on investment. The policy certainty required relates to a mechanism to achieve emissions reduction in the electricity sector. The electricity...

Working paper

2 Feb 2018

Australia is seeking to design a ‘reliability mechanism’ as part of the Turnbull Government’s National Energy Guarantee. This working paper provides analysis and suggestions on how to design the mechanism and how it might work.

Other text

17 Oct 2017

The Energy Security Board (ESB) has provided advice to ministers on reliability, affordability and meeting Australia's international commitments. This comes in response to the Australian Energy Market Operator’s recent report on the risks to reliability in the electricity market.


12 Jul 2017

This report, by renowned energy analyst Dr Hugh Saddler, reveals a stunning correlation between domestic electricity prices and gas prices, despite gas making up only 10% of electricity generation.


13 Jun 2017

This explainer has been prepared by the Climate Council to make some of the issues discussed in the recent Finkel Review a little clearer.


9 Jun 2017

This document outlines a plan to maintain security and reliability in the National Electricity Market (NEM) in light of the significant transition underway, including due to rapid technological change.

Fact sheet

6 Jun 2017

With the final report from the Finkel Review into the future security of the National Electricity Market (NEM) having been released, here are ten basic facts about electricity costs, emissions and security to help guide you through it.


1 Jun 2017

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) and the Climate Change Authority have prepared a joint report to provide advice on policies to enhance power system security and to reduce electricity prices, consistent with achieving Australia’s emissions reduction targets in the Paris Agreement.

Research report

28 Mar 2017

This report illustrates the technical challenges of the changing generation mix and the need for these to be managed with the support of efficient and effective regulatory and market mechanisms that work together for the least cost and long-term interest of consumers.

Of the...


3 Mar 2017

• The National Electricity Market was established in the context of a national productivity reform agenda aimed at delivering markets that are competitive where possible, and well -regulated where not.

• The NEM was established to introduce competition in the electricity sector and to...

Research report

22 Feb 2017

This report provides information on the operation of the National Electricity Market (NEM) and national power grid in New South Wales on Friday 10 February 2017, during a heatwave in eastern Australia.

On Friday 10 February 2017, the eastern Australian states of South Australia,...

Research report

15 Feb 2017

This report provides information on the operation of the National Electricity Market (NEM) and national power grid on Wednesday 8 February during a heatwave in eastern Australia.

AEMO will release a second report on 22 February, focused on the events of 10 February. (see...

Audio program

9 Feb 2017

The latest South Australian blackout is playing into the political debate in Canberra about national energy policy.

The Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, is again calling on state Labor governments to abandon aggressive renewable energy targets and get behind his government's more modest goals....

Journal article

4 Jan 2017

The aim of this paper is to analyses residential solar PV feed-in tariffs (FiT) policy history to inform the development of a sustainable flexible pricing regime to enhance the diffusion of energy storage, electric vehicles, solar PV installations and other distributed resources focusing on the...

Audio program

15 Dec 2016

Australia's Chief Scientist, Dr Alan Finkel, says he's confident the federal government will accept his advice when he delivers his review into the National Electricity Market next year. His preliminary report released last Friday said an emissions intensity scheme was the best way to address...

Other text

12 Dec 2016

CEDA welcomed AEMO Chair, Tony Marxsen, to share AEMO’s preliminary recommendations and observations from their analysis and investigations into the ‘Black System’ event in South Australia.

Discussion paper

11 Dec 2016

Australia’s national energy landscape has been transformed since the creation of the National Electricity Market two decades ago. The rapid uptake of renewable technology and leaps forward in energy efficiency and storage have been game changers for generators, distributors, retailers and consumers of electricity. If...

Research report

9 Dec 2016

This Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market Preliminary Report identifies the complex forces driving a rapid transition across the electricity sector.

It seeks input on key questions to navigate the transition in line with consumer expectations for a secure...

Research report

7 Dec 2016

The St Vincent de Paul Society, in conjunction with Alviss Consulting, has been tracking changes to residential energy tariffs and reporting on household impacts since 2010.

Initially the Tariff-Tracking project only covered Victoria but has since expanded to include New South Wales, Queensland, South...