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What is the National Energy Customer Framework?

The National Energy Customer Framework (NECF) commenced on 1 July 2012, bringing in a new set of national laws, rules, and regulations governing the retail sale and distribution of energy to consumers.  The NECF is designed to provide a single, simplified, national regulatory regime intended to deliver efficiencies in terms of regulatory certainty, reduced compliance costs, and competitive benefits to consumers.

More information on the National Energy Customer Framework


Tasmanian Oil Price Vulnerability Study

The Tasmanian Oil Price Vulnerability Study is nearing completion and will be provided to the Minister at the beginning of February 2012, following further consultation with Tasmanian Government Agencies.  Further information will be made available when the Study is provided to the Minister. Please contact the Manager, Major Initiatives, Fiona Abercrombie Howroyd on 03 6233 0827 with any questions.


On Thursday 9th and Friday 10th June, 2011, the second round of workshops with stakeholders was held in Hobart and facilitated by John Hepper, Inspiring Place. Participants considered a draft paper of Actions/Options prepared for the Tasmanian Oil Price Vulnerability Study by Dr David Pointing, Consultant to the Study, and discussed mitigation measures to manage threats to the Tasmanian economy arising from oil price 'shocks' or prolonged steep increases in the price of oil.

Outcomes of the June 2011 Workshops and Dr David Pointing's paper, entitled Tasmanian Oil Price Vulnerability Study, Background Information, Summary Table of Mitigation Options are available at these links. Please note that any feedback on the Workshops received after the event will be included in the final Study.

The Study is focussing on mitigation strategies and will enable scenario planning.  It is due to be presented to the Minister in the second half of 2011.

Further details on the Project can be obtained by contacting or calling Fiona Abercrombie Howroyd on (03) 6233 0827.

Renewable Energy Fund - King and Flinders Islands
The Renewable Energy Fund (REF) for King and Flinders Islands closed to applications on 20 May 2011.

The Office of Energy Planning and Conservation (OEPC) at DIER is administering this program for small scale renewable energy innovation on the Bass Strait Islands.  OEPC received 18 applications, and these were assessed by the Assessment Panel in July 2011.  The outcome of the assessment will be posted on this website shortly.

Enquires may be made to the OEPC on (03) 6233 2009, or by email to

Feed-in Tariff for Tasmania

A Feed-in Tariff for Tasmania - In Response to Public Consultation, (PDF) provides information relating to the decision by the Tasmanian Government to mandate a feed-in tariff for micro-generators of electricity. The paper is the result of a process which started with the Tasmanian Framework for Action on Climate Change 2008. The Office of Energy Planning and Conservation developed a Discussion Paper, (PDF) (2008) as part of a round of public consultation on a feed-in tariff. The Government was provided with details of this public consultation, as well as details about National agreements and Schemes.

The Office of Energy Planning and Conservation would like to thank those who made submissions, which formed a valuable part of the advice considered by the Tasmanian Government.