Ministerial Energy Council
The Ministerial Energy Council (MEC) brings together leaders from the energy sector, industry bodies, consumer groups, unions and government to discuss matters relating to Queensland’s energy sector and to help shape energy policy in our state.
The council provides a platform to foster greater collaboration with the energy sector and discuss major energy policy issues affecting Queensland.
The council also consists of Renewables, Hydrogen Development, and Consumer Voice sub-committees.
Previous MEC meeting minutesExpand all
1 December 2021
Ministerial Energy Council—1 December 2021, Brisbane
Members of the Queensland Ministerial Energy Council met virtually on 1 December 2021 to examine and discuss key opportunities and challenges in the future energy landscape, and the development of the energy plan.
Queensland continues to perform well with a 20% reduction in prices since 2015, 20.02% renewable energy by consumption and a forecast 10% reduction in prices for the next three years.
Over the coming months, the Council and its subcomittees will engage on key topics underpinning the development the energy plan and the significant energy system transformation for Queensland, including driving investment, reducing emissions, putting downward pressure on energy costs, creating decent and secure jobs and maximising opportunities for renewable energy to support economic development and local benefits for communities.
The Council was briefed on the targeted and broader consultation approach that would be led by the Department of Energy and Public Works.
The Council agreed that regional engagement should form a key focus in early 2022, including consultations on emerging opportunities for industries such as hydrogen, renewable energy and supply chains.
Today the Council noted reports from all three subcommittees.
The Consumer Voice subcommittee presented advice to the Council aimed at ensuring people remain at the core of Queensland’s future energy plan.
The Hydrogen Development subcommittee presented a three-stage Hydrogen Workforce Development plan to advance Queensland’s hydrogen skills to meet projected demand for skilled workers.
The Renewables and Energy Diversity subcomittee reported that work was continuing on exploring opportunities for supporting quality employment and local content outcomes from renewable energy and energy storage projects.
The Council noted the outcomes of the recent ENCRC and EMM meetings, parituclarly aroud the Energy Security Board’s Post-2025 Market design.
The Minister thanked the Council Members for their valuable insights and advised members of upcoming consultation and engagement opportunities that will help inform the development of the Queensland energy plan.
16 September 2021
Ministerial Energy Council—16 September 2021, Brisbane
Members of the Queensland Ministerial Energy Council met virtually on 16 September 2021 to consider and discuss the Energy Security Board (ESB) Post-2025 Market Design released on 26 August 2021.
The Council focused discussion on the proposed Capacity Mechanism and proposed Congestion Management Model.
The Council considered the proposed reforms in the context of Queensland’s key energy priorities of: achieving 50 per cent renewables by 2030; ensuring a secure, sustainable and affordable electricity supply; and supporting further renewable and hydrogen investment to drive jobs and economic growth.
The Council was also invited to provide further feedback on how other proposed reforms within the Post-2025 Market Design could benefit or impact industry.
The Minister thanked the Ministerial Energy Council for their valuable advice which will help inform Queensland’s position and participation at the next Energy National Cabinet Reform Committee meeting.
13 July 2021
Ministerial Energy Council—13 July 2021, Brisbane
Members of the Queensland Ministerial Energy Council met in Brisbane and online on 13 July 2021 following the government’s commitment to develop an Energy Plan which will outline its sectoral transformation pathway to 2030 and beyond.
The council will provide input to the Queensland Energy Plan. The important components of the Plan align with the council members’ collective priorities for Queensland in driving investment, reducing emissions, putting downward pressure on energy costs, creating decent and secure jobs and maximising opportunities for renewable energy to support economic development and local benefits for communities.
The council discussed the opportunities emerging from Queensland’s three Renewable Energy Zones to embed benefits across the energy supply chain, from local manufacturing to our capable workforces.
The council was invited to provide feedback out of session on important considerations to ensure Queensland’s hydrogen industry is competitively positioned to meet customers’ demands and maximise clean, renewable credentials.
The sub-committees of the Ministerial Energy Council will progress discussion of Energy Plan elements and a number of member papers.
The Minister thanked the Ministerial Energy Council for engaging early in the development of the Energy Plan.
20 May 2021
Ministerial Energy Council—20 May 2021, Brisbane
The Queensland Ministerial Energy Council met in Brisbane on 20 May 2021 to establish a collaborative platform to discuss the vision and priorities for the Queensland Energy Sector.
The council recognised that whilst Queensland is on a critical path towards achieving its renewable energy target, the future achievement of objectives relies on a coordinated approach.
The council will focus on how Queensland can harness further opportunities in the energy sector to drive investment, not only in the sector itself but also in the broader economy where low cost, reliable, renewable energy can underpin economic development.
Key themes of renewables, hydrogen and consumer voice were discussed, and three sub-committees will be formed to work through identified opportunities and potential solutions.
There are distinct opportunities for Queensland to ensure that future investment maximises benefits across the energy supply chain, from employment and training to local manufacturing through well considered and innovative approaches.
The council committed to keeping workforce, community and consumer impacts front of mind and ensuring that benefits of technology and energy diversity are shared equally.
The Minister thanked the members for becoming members of the Ministerial Energy Council and looks forward to their ongoing engagement with government through the council, and their contribution to locking in delivery of a safe, secure, affordable and diverse energy outlook for Queensland.
- Last updated:
- 8 December 2021