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
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:
- 21 October 2021