Consumer Representative Opportunity: Australian Energy Market Operator and Clean Energy Council Working Group

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The Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) is seeking nominations for a consumer representative to sit on a new AEMO and Clean Energy Council working group focused on reforming the generator connection process.

The working group’s objective is to clarify, standardise and streamline the grid connections approach in Australia to maintain system security during the energy transition while improving the timelines, predictability, consistency, and financeability of its outcomes. The group will meet online, for approximately two hours, or as needed, not more than six times in 2021. The first meeting will be held in late January.

Nominating candidates should have a demonstrated knowledge and understanding of network planning governance, including the roles and responsibilities of the energy agencies as well as transmission network businesses and state jurisdictions. In addition, some knowledge of generator connection processes would be desirable.

AEMO and CEC are aware that funding for some consumer representatives to provide time and expertise to these sorts of processes can be a challenge. The Energy Consumers Australia (ECA) Grants Program provides funding to support a consumer voice and help ensure energy consumers’ needs and interests are at the centre of policy and regulatory decisions. Its CEO Grants Program is designed specifically to assist consumer advocates input to government, regulatory and industry processes, with grants of up to $15K (exc GST), recognising that consumers may need to respond within short timeframes. For larger projects, grants are also approved three times a year for high quality and innovative advocacy and research initiatives. For more information about the ECA Grants Program, including eligibility and how to apply, see here.

Please send expressions of interest to Marteena McKenzie (Senior Stakeholder Engagement Advisor) at AEMO by 13 January 2021 with a paragraph about your relevant knowledge and experience.