The Reliability Panel, which forms part of the AEMC’s institutional arrangements, reviews and reports on the safety, security and reliability of the national electricity system.

The Panel is comprised of members who represent a range of participants in the national electricity market, including consumer groups, generators, network businesses, retailers and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

The Panel determines standards and some of the guidelines used by AEMO and participants which help to maintain a secure and reliable power system for consumers.

Responsibilities

The National Electricity Law sets out the key responsibilities of the Panel.

These include:

  • monitoring, reviewing and reporting on the safety, security and reliability of the national electricity system
  • providing advice in relation to the safety, security and reliability of the national electricity system, at the request of the AEMC.

The Panel’s work program is set by requirements in the National Electricity Rules (NER) and through terms of reference received from the AEMC.

The focus of the Panel’s work is on determining standards and required to deliver a secure, reliable and safe power system in the most efficient way in order to minimise costs for consumers.

The Panel also performs detailed monitoring, analysis and consultation.

Panel members

The Panel is comprised of members who represent a range of participants in the national electricity market, including consumer groups, generators, network businesses, retailers and the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO).

Panel members are selected on the basis of their direct interests in the reliability of electricity supply. Consideration is also given to balancing Panel membership representation according to geographical location and participating jurisdictions.

The AEMC appoints members to the Panel for a period of up to three years. Members are appointed in consultation with industry, end use consumers and consumer groups.

Members who are appointed to represent ‘Registered Participants’ must be agreed to by at least one third of the category of Registered Participant they represent (for example, generator, market customer, network service provider).

The National Electricity Rules require that the Panel is comprised of the following membership:

  • An AEMC Commissioner (appointed for three years);
  • The Chief Executive Officer or delegate of the Australian Energy Market Operator ;
  • Four members that represent Registered Participants including:
    • Generators;
    • Market Customers;
    • Transmission Network Service Providers (TNSP);
    • Distribution Network Service Providers (DNSP);
  • A person representing the interests of end use customers for electricity.

The AEMC has some discretion to appoint up to three members who may have expertise in areas that are not otherwise represented by other Panel members.

Current panel members

Dr Brian Spalding (Chair)

Dr Spalding, Commissioner at the AEMC, has held key implementation and operational roles in national and state electricity markets since their conception in the early 1990s. He was Chief Executive Officer of the National Electricity Market Management Company (NEMMCO) where he was responsible for the operation of the national electricity market and power system for south and eastern Australia. Prior to joining the AEMC he was Executive General Manager Operations of the Australian Energy Market Operator. Brian holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Engineering with First Class Honours and a Doctor of Philosophy in Power System Analysis from the University of New South Wales. 

Trevor Armstrong

Mr Armstrong, Ausgrid’s Chief Operating Officer, joined the organisation as a cadet engineer in 1986 and has spent the past 30 years working in various roles including Executive General Manager System Planning & Regulation, and Executive General Manager Transmission& System Operations. He was appointed to the role as Ausgrid’s Chief Operating Officer in 2012. Mr Armstrong holds bachelor of Engineering and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia, the Treasurer of Cigre Australia and a graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the INSEAD Advanced Management Program.

Lance Balcombe

Mr Balcombe, Chief Executive Officer of Tas Networks, is the transmission network service provider representative on the Panel. He was appointed CEO of Tas Networks in 2013. His previous roles included executive management positions at Hydro Tasmania, most recently that of Chief Financial Officer, and a similar role with Incat. Mr Balcombe holds a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of CPA Australia and a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants.

Mark Collette

Mr Collette, Executive – Energy at Energy Australia, is a discretionary member of the Panel. He has worked for Energy Australia since 2003 where he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s wholesale operations and commodity trading activities. Informer roles, Mr Collette held executive responsibility for wholesale markets, corporate strategy and development, policy and government affairs and commercial and industrial sales.

Royce DeSousa

Mr DeSousa, General Manager – Energy& Sustainability, is responsible for energy at Visy Industries, a multinational packaging and recycling company and is a discretionary member of the Panel. His focus includes energy supply, energy efficiency, carbon management, and diversified energy generation including renewable energy. Prior to working in energy, Mr DeSousa was a process, project and maintenance engineer in Visy’s paper mills.

Gavin Dufty

Mr Dufty is St Vincent de Paul Society, Victoria’s Manager of Policy and Research. He represents end-use customers of electricity on the Panel. He has worked in the community welfare sector for more than 20 years. During this time Mr Dufty has produced a number of reports focusing on the cost of living with particular emphasis on energy.

Miles George

Mr George is the former Managing Director of Infigen Energy, having retired at the end of 2016, and is currently a Strategic Adviser for Infigen. He has more than 20 years of experience in the infrastructure and energy sectors in Australia, the United States and Europe. Over the past 15 years, Mr George has focussed on business development, investment, financing and management in the renewable energy industry. Here presents generators on the Panel.

Chris Murphy

Mr Murphy, Strategic Advisor at Meridian Energy and General Manager – Energy Market Interfaces for Telstra, is discretionary member of the Panel. In previous roles in the electricity industry he has been responsible for distribution revenue, system-wide load forecasting, tariff development and regulatory affairs.

Cameron Parotte

Cameron is AEMO’s Executive General Manager of Strategy and Innovation, and leads the organisation’s work on ensuring the integrated energy systems in Australia remain secure and affordable while accomplishing Australia’s clean energy policies.Cameron’s time at AEMO began in January 2016, initially focusing on the transfer of System Management from Western Power as part of the Western Australian Electricity Market reforms; and then leading all AEMO WA market and system operations. Prior to his role at AEMO, Cameron held various leadership roles in Western Power, the major WA electricity network utility, in areas including system operations, network operations, transmission planning and design.

Richard Wrightson

Mr Wrightson, Executive General Manager Wholesale Markets for AGL Energy, is the market customer representative on the Panel. The Wholesale Markets team is responsible for the procurement, trading and price risk management of AGL’s wholesale electricity, gas, oil, carbon and renewable requirements. In his former roles, Mr Wrightson has worked on a wide range of issues including setting up retailing, risk management, power station dispatch and wholesale trading activities.

CURRENT MEMBERS

Member

Organisation

Market Segment

Term Expiry

Dr Brian Spalding (Chairman)

Chairman and AEMC Commissioner

AEMC

current term expires 18 April 2019

Trevor Armstrong

Chief Operating Officer, Ausgrid

Distribution Network Service Providers

current term expires 31 December 2019

Lance Balcombe

Chief Executive Officer, TasNetworks

Transmission Network Service Providers

current term expires 17 December 2018

Cameron Parotte

AEMO

AEMO

N/A

Mark Collette

Executive Energy, EnergyAustralia

Discretionary

current term expires 31 December 2018

Royce De Sousa

General Manager - Energy & Sustainability, Visy

Discretionary

current term expires 31 August 2018

Gavin Dufty

Manager Policy and Research, St Vincent de Paul Society, Victoria

End use customer of electricity

current term expires 31 December 2019

Miles George

Strategic Adviser, Infigen Energy Ltd

Generators

current term expires 17 December 2018

Chris Murphy

Strategic Advisor, Meridian Energy and General Manager - Energy Market Interfaces, Telstra

Discretionary

current term expires 31 December 2020

Richard Wrightson

Executive General Manager, Wholesale Markets, AGL Energy

Market Customers

current term expires 31 December 2020