Governance

When starting a new job, try not to make promises you can’t keep

First impressions matter. The Australian energy community has been waiting patiently for two months to hear from newly installed Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) CEO Daniel Westerman. Yesterday a CEDA lunch in Melbourne was set as his unofficial coming out, his debutante ball. The headline message from Westerman’s carefully scripted lunch speech was that he …

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The enforcer

A key role of the Australian Energy Regulator (AER) is the monitoring and enforcement of the national energy rules. When energy businesses fail to comply with the rules the AER can fine them or take them to court to seek a bigger penalty. The AER has just published a summary of its enforcement activity for …

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Small market reforms for big market challenges

Creating the National Electricity Market in the 1990s required the deliberate and active support of participating state and federal governments. Reforming it requires the same. Perhaps the most meaningful indicator of the fading political interest in sustaining a functioning national electricity market is the petering out of the work of the Energy Security Board (ESB). …

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What does the appointment of Daniel Westerman at AEMO tell us?

So the Board of the Australian Energy Market Operator (AEMO) has gone overseas to recruit its replacement for former CEO Audrey Zibelman. The new CEO will be Daniel Westerman, an Australian-born senior executive for UK based energy utility National Grid. So what does his appointment tell us about the future direction of AEMO? Setting aside …

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