Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Hon Bill Johnston MLA

Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Energy; Corrective Services; Industrial Relations

    Improved governance arrangements for WA’s energy sector

    1/07/2021 8:00 AM
    • Changes to energy sector governance arrangements commence today
    • The improved arrangements support the rapid pace of change in the energy sector  

    Improvements to the governance arrangements for Western Australia's energy sector commenced today (July 1). 


    The new arrangements strengthen the roles of the governance bodies to respond more effectively to the rapid pace of change brought about by emerging energy technologies.  


    From today, responsibility for the administration of the Wholesale Electricity Market Rules and Gas Services Information Rules will transfer to the Coordinator of Energy Kate Ryan - supported by Energy Policy WA.


    The Coordinator of Energy will also be responsible for the ongoing evolution of the energy market, including a number of market reviews. This will enable the Economic Regulation Authority to focus on economic regulation, price setting, licensing and compliance monitoring.


    Stakeholder engagement will be boosted by introducing an independent Chair for the Market Advisory Committee and Gas Advisory Board; Peter Kolf has been appointed interim Chair. 


    Mr Kolf led the former Rule Change Panel and was previously the Chair of the Independent Market Operator. A process to recruit a permanent Chair will commence in the coming months.


    The Coordinator of Energy will also administer the new Pilbara Networks Rules which commenced today. For more information, visit https://www.wa.gov.au/organisation/energy-policy-wa/energy-rules-and-procedures


    Comments attributed to Energy Minister Bill Johnston:


    "The improved governance framework consolidates roles and responsibilities to best serve all Western Australian energy consumers.


    "I'm pleased to appoint Peter Kolf as interim Chair of the Market Advisory Committee and Gas Advisory Board; Peter is a well-regarded and highly experienced energy sector professional. 


    "Thank you to the members of the former Rule Change Panel, including Mr Kolf, Shaun Dennison and Roland Sleeman, who have made considerable contributions to the Western Australian energy sector in this important role since 2015.


    "I would also like to thank the Economic Regulation Authority, the Australian Energy Market Operator and industry, for their support and assistance implementing these changes."


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