The Australian Energy Market Commission is seeking nominations from relevant representative organisations for a new end use customer representative for the Reliability Panel.

The Reliability Panel is established by the AEMC, and is chaired by an AEMC Commissioner, currently Charles Popple. The Panel’s core functions relate to the safety, security and reliability of the national electricity system. Its work program is driven by specific but critical responsibilities set out in the National Electricity Rules (NER). The Panel makes a number of technical standards and guidelines, as well as undertaking reviews and providing advice on matters relating to power system security and the reliability of supply.

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. Under the NER, the members must include a person representing the interests of end use customers for electricity.

Panel appointments are made by the Commission following a process under the NER, which differs depending on the category of the member. In relation to the category of member representing end use customers (“consumer representative”), the Commission is required to appoint this representative following consultation with bodies representing the interest of end users.

As the term of the current consumer representative on the Panel expires on 30 June 2020, the Commission will need to appoint a new end use customer representative by this date.

The Commission is proposing to undertake a two-stage process:

  1. It is inviting parties to nominate candidates to represent end use customers on the Panel. 
  2. Once a list of nominated candidates is obtained, if there is more than one nomination, then the Commission will write to consumer representatives again to seek their feedback on the proposed candidates 

The Commission has written to all end use customer representatives to start this process. We are asking parties to confirm nominations in writing to by 23 April 2020, by providing:

  • the nominee’s name 
  • a two to three paragraph summary of the nominee’s experience, skills and knowledge most relevant to the role
  •  the nominee’s resume.

As noted above, following nominations for potential new end use consumer representative, the Commission will undertake a second consultation process with end use consumer representative bodies on potential candidates to seek feedback on the nominated candidates. 

If you have any questions on this process, do not hesitate to contact Victoria Mollard, Acting EGM – Security and Reliability, who manages the Panel Secretariat on (02) 8296 7872.

Media: Kellie Bissett, Media and Content Manager, 0438 490 041; (02) 8296 7813.