Budget 2018-19: pushing forward with the NEG

Treasurer Scott Morrison delivers the 2018-19 Budget.

Treasurer Scott Morrison delivers the 2018-19 Budget.

An investment of $28.7 million over five years from 2017-18 will allow the Government to push ahead with its National Energy Guarantee.

Minister for Energy and the Environment Josh Frydenberg said the government is committed to tackling the energy issue with a raft of measures which include:

  • the design and development of Australia’s first integrated climate and energy policy in the form of the National Energy Guarantee
  • the implementation of the Independent Review into the Future Security of the National Electricity Market (Finkel Review)
  • better forecasting and modelling to ensure the security and resilience of Australia’s energy infrastructure
  • the creation of a consumer access data platform which will empower consumers to get a better deal on their power bill by giving them more information about their energy usage
  • allowing the Commonwealth to continue leading the work of the COAG Energy Council in pursuing our ambitious energy agenda along with state and territory governments
  • improving the functioning of Australia’s gas market by following up the Prime Minister’s agreement with LNG exporters and continuing to address market transparency, liquidity and competition issues.

There will also be an investment of $12.8 million over six years from 2018-19 in revitalised energy security and resilience assessments as recommended by the Finkel Review, with an additional $4.9 million every three years from 2024-25.

The energy security and resilience assessments include an accelerated examination of Australia’s domestic liquid fuel security to be completed by the end of this year.

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