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In October 2016, the Council of Australian Governments Energy Council (COAG Energy Council) initiated a major review of the NEM chaired by Australia’s Chief Scientist, Alan Finkel AO.

The objective of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the NEM was to design a blueprint for how to get from the current market to one that achieves committed emissions abatement targets for the electricity sector* while ensuring a secure energy system at a reasonable cost.

The Final Report was submitted to the COAG Energy Council on 9 June 2017 and is available on the Department of Environment and Energy's website.

*Currently undefined although Australia’s commitment to the COP21 process is for a 26-28 per cent reduction in emissions by 2030, from 2005 emission levels.

The Clean Energy Council’s views on how to design a clean and secure energy system

In February 2017, the Clean Energy Council made a comprehensive submission to the Finkel Review. To bring some of the key concepts behind this submission into the debate, the Clean Energy Council also prepared a series of articles looking at specific issues in more detail which you can view below.

Submission to the Finkel Review

The CEC argues that the market is falling behind technological change and that there is a need for major reform

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Presentation on the Finkel Review

Download the CEC's presentation on our Finkel Review submission from May 2017

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The need for continued policy support

This report outlines the need for continued investment certainty to build new clean energy generation

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Advice to COAG Energy Council

The CEC provided a briefing paper in June 2017 on the need for a coordinated response to the Finkel Review

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Arresting frequency changes in a modern electricity system

This paper investigates the issue of inertia, and how renewables and storage can help

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Workshop outcomes on frequency control

Read about the opportunities and challenges relating to frequency control in the NEM

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