Electricity Transmission Frameworks Review released

In light of unpredictable electricity prices in some regions of Australia, it's of significance that the final report of the Transmission Frameworks Review has been released after three years of careful consideration.

In April 2010, the Ministerial Council on Energy directed the Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) to conduct a review of electricity transmission services in the National Electricity Market.

The goal of the review was to assess how efficiently electricity transmission services were operating and what changes need to be made to improve the outlook for both electricity suppliers and consumers.

Australia's Clean Energy Council congratulates the AEMC on the release of the report which contains a number of recommendations providing greater clarity on the future of the electricity market and the direction in which it should head toward. 

The report suggests a number of reforms concerning the way new generators connect to a transmission network, which is an issue of great importance to the renewable energy industry.

"The proposed approach to increase competition and transparency in the connection process is a significant step forward, and should benefit all new large-scale power producers, including solar and wind farms that need to connect to the grid," said the Clean Energy Council's policy director Russell Marsh.

"It’s great to see that the hard work of the AEMC to develop an appropriate framework has paid off, particularly given the wide range of differing views from stakeholders."

Posted by Charlie Moore