Public hearing: Committee to examine dispatchable energy

The House of Representatives Standing Committee on the Environment and Energy will today hold the first public hearing for its inquiry into dispatchable energy generation and storage capability in Australia.

Committee Chair, Ted O’Brien MP said that “Australia’s energy system is evolving, with the rapid growth in renewables and the retirement of thermal energy capabilities creating risks for reliability and security within the system.”

“In assessing Australia’s future energy mix, it is important to ensure that Australia can capitalise on the opportunities presented by new and emerging energy technology, that the lights stay on, and that Australian business can be competitive in seizing new local and global opportunities” Mr O’Brien said.

At Wednesday’s hearing the Committee will hear from the Australian Energy Market Operator, which is responsible for the operations and security of the National Energy Market; and from the Department of Infrastructure, Science, Energy and Resources, about the policy framework and settings for Australia’s dispatchable energy future.

Public hearing details

Date: Wednesday 23 June 2021

Time: 10.30 am to 11.30 am (see program below)

Location: Parliament House, Canberra


10.30 am – 11.00 am: Australian Energy Market Operator

11.00 am – 11.30 am: Department of Industry, Science, Energy and Resources

11.30 am: Close

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Committee proceedings held in Parliament House are not currently open to the public. The hearing will be broadcast live at

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