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).

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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.

The Panel is also represented on the AER’s Value of Customer Reliability (VCR) Consultative Committee, providing input to the AER’s determination of VCRs.     

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

Trevor Armstrong, Chief Operating Officer of Ausgrid, is the distribution network service provider representative on the Panel. Mr Armstrong joined Ausgrid as a cadet engineer in 1986 and has spent the last 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 of Ausgrid’s Chief Operating Officer in 2012. Mr Armstrong has an Electrical Engineering Degree, is a Fellow of the Institute of Engineers, a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors and the Treasurer of CIGRE.

Stephen Clark

Mr Clark, Technical and Economic Lead – Project Marinus at TasNetworks, is the transmission network service provider representative on the Panel. Mr Clark is responsible for assessing the economic benefits of further interconnection between Tasmania and Victoria, as well as exploring the system performance issues associated with large amounts of inverter connected generation feeding an isolated power system.

Mark Collette

Mr Collette, Executive – Energy at Energy Australia, is the generator representative on 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.

Kathy Danaher

Ms Danaher, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director of Sun Metals, is a discretionary member of the Panel. She is responsible for wholesale electricity trading, hedging and transmission procurement for Sun Metals’ zinc refinery, one of the largest single site consumers of electricity in Queensland.  Ms Danaher holds a Bachelor of Science with Honours in Marine Biology, Bachelor of Business (Accounting), and is a Certified Practicing Accountant with CPA Australia.

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.

Chris Murphy

Mr Murphy, Strategic Advisor at Meridian Energy and General Manager – Energy Market Interfaces for Telstra, is a 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.

Damien Sanford

Damien Sanford is the Executive General Manager (EGM) of Operations at AEMO. Damien has led various operational functions within AEMO over the past decade, including most recently management roles in real-time electricity and gas operations.

John Titchen

Mr Titchen, Managing Director of Goldwind Australia, is a discretionary member of the Panel. Mr Titchen established Goldwind Australia in 2009 and has since overseen the development of Goldwind Australia’s portfolio of wind and solar generation. Mr Titchen has previously worked for the Electricity Commission of NSW, Pacific Power and Hydro Tasmania.

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

Stephen Clark Technical and Economic Lead – Project Marinus, TasNetworks Transmission Network Service Providers current term expires 17 December 2021

Mark Collette

Executive Energy, EnergyAustralia

Generators

current term expires 17 December 2021

Kathy Danaher

Chief Financial Officer and Executive Director, Sun Metals

Discretionary

current term expires 31 August 2021

Gavin Dufty

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

End use customer of electricity

current term expires 31 December 2019

John Titchen Managing Director, Goldwind Australia Discretionary current term expires 17 December 2021

Chris Murphy

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

Discretionary

current term expires 31 December 2020

Damien Sanford Executive General Manager Operations, AEMO AEMO

N/A

Richard Wrightson

Executive General Manager, Wholesale Markets, AGL Energy

Market Customers

current term expires 31 December 2020